Meet Our Vendor: Greenstreet Woodworks
You guys! It’s another NEW VENDOR! We are really excited to see these in person! Say hello to Greenstreet Woodworks coming over from beautiful Leavenworth! Oh how I love Leavenworth.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Adam Greenstreet, I run a small one person wood shop out of my home near Leavenworth, Washington. I build a variety of products, both custom order and retail items that I design and produce. My products range from small kitchen wares including coasters, cheese boards and cutting boards to larger items such as dining tables, benches, interior & Exterior doors and built in desks & shelving units. I plan to feature my kitchen wares at the UCU Summer Show, which I build using a variety of domestic hardwoods. I take pride in using tree species that are not listed endangered or threatened in any way as well as building everything from scratch, starting with rough cut lumber!
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I have recently been working on small cutting boards and coaster sets from the scraps and odds and ends pieces left over from larger wood projects. It’s been great to see more material be turned into usable items vs. being left in the scrap bin or sent to a wood stove!
I’ve also been working on a large dining table and matching benches constructed from reclaimed beams salvaged from a decommissioned warehouse, which has been a rewarding experience to turn what was material for construction into a showpiece destined for someones home.
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
According to the all knowing Google: 2 hrs 23 min!
How did you get started in your business?
I grew up enjoying working with my hands, tinkering with things, building etc.. I’ve always enjoyed woodworking due to the nature of the material, but I never really pursued it as a business until the last couple of years. In 2014 I was able to put a lot of time in to helping some friends build a custom home, so I guess that is where it really took off. Shortly after that I started acquiring additional tools and supplies to turn my hobby in to more of a profession. I still work on job sites and take on custom finish carpentry/remodel jobs, but what I really enjoy is building products in my shop. This has ranged anywhere from cutting boards and cheese boards to tables, benches, interior/exterior doors and other components for peoples homes! Recently I’ve been trying to promote the small products I make in my shop, my butcher block cutting boards, cheese boards and coaster sets, to add to the retail side of my work.
Is this a full-time business for you?
No, but it seems to be turning into a full time 2nd job! My “day job” is working as a backcountry ranger for the United States Forest Service. Working as a ranger is seasonal work, so most of my woodworking has taken place during the winter season (and one summer off from the FS), but I’ve been spending more and more of my weekends and spare time in the summer furthering my woodworking craft.
Where do you see your business in 3 years?
It’s really hard to say! I would love to see woodworking be a long term, consistent business for me, so I’m sure I’ll keep finding ways to fit it into my full time job and keep products available. Whether or not it becomes my main source of work in the future, I’m not sure yet! In addition to work that I am hired for, I really hope to have more products available in small shops and businesses in Washington soon.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
Just like a lot of new business owners I’m sure, I’ve been coming to terms with all the paperwork, record keeping and administrative parts of being a proud sole proprietor! Aside from that, it’s been really fun to learn about customers visions when commissioned for a job and learning how to bring that to life.
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
For me one of the best parts of this craft is when I get to see someones face light up after they get to see the work I’ve done for them. It’s been really great to be able to provide products for people that are truly what they are looking for, and not seeing people settle for a product from a production factory that is “close enough” to what they want.
It’s another #giveaway! Today you have the chance to win a 6 piece Maple and Walnut end grain coaster set. Get on over to Instagram for your chance to win!