Clines Crafted Woodworking: A Kentucky Handcrafted Furniture Startup and How It Started

By Dan Clines

For most people, starting a woodworking business might seem like an unrealistic dream due to the costs involved, but luckily we were blessed to be able to overcome these obstacles and start our own successful handcrafted furniture business in Kentucky, in Georgetown.

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When you start a new business, it can be difficult to stay focused for the long term. Even in today’s economy, many people are still trying to start their own small business in hopes of turning their passions into profits and having more control over their lives and schedules.

You might not think that Kentucky would be the best place to start an American-made furniture business, but we’re going to talk about why we did exactly that.

We know we’ll never be millionaires with our handcrafted furniture business, but our hope is to work from home and spend more time together as a family.

See how we’ve managed our growth so far!

The beginnings:

Our wood workshop started in a much simpler place. Actually born out of necessity: Our family house needed new furniture.

As I got to work preparing pieces for my wife and our home, the idea for Clines Crafted Woodworking LLC began to take shape.

The youngest son joins the family business at an early age.

As I sourced fine local woods, studied the most influential woodworkers and honed my techniques, I sowed the seeds of what would become our family business.

I wanted to make sure the furniture I make for her is the best…

Because our families deserve the best.

You deserve our effort and time; However, we can give it to them. And that’s what went into the founding ethos of Clines Crafted Woodworking LLC when we launched it in 2018.

The challenges:

Starting a handcrafted furniture business from scratch can be quite daunting. You have to think about customer acquisition, shipping costs, online presence, social media and many other aspects that you don’t have to worry about when you have your store front on site. Our approach was very calculated and well thought out with the help of professionals and other local business owners.

After several family discussions in 2018 and 2019, we finally decided to make it official and incorporated our LLC in January 2020, and boy do we have a ride. Along with the challenges listed above, we started right at the beginning of the pandemic. We had already started launching our social media accounts and had started gathering support from friends, family and local people.

For the last two years we have made it our mission to source our materials for our pieces from local and ethical sources. Our real wood comes from a local lumber camp that sources its wood from Kentucky and surrounding states like Indiana and Tennessee.

Working on a bed

We have slowly transitioned our paints and stains to companies that are non-toxic and use ethical practices in their products. These companies, like Rubio Monocoat, use eco-friendly materials that you can safely wrap around your kids, pets, and yourself.

Our most recent assignment has been to accept the need to establish an e-commerce presence to ensure the stability of our small business and to offer a wide range of our handmade products throughout the United States. This was a completely different learning experience than social media, but we have been fortunate to grow successfully through this channel as well.

This challenge has led us to expand our handcrafted wood products into the industry’s homeware and decoration categories and focus more on providing our customers with a quality handcrafted option across more products.

Go forward

Going forward, we’re committed to finding more ways to support local businesses and hope to work more closely with them in the future to offer more local, American-made products for sale. Our next goal is to find support to expand our brand visibility outside of our region.

Our dream is to someday engage the people of our city and put into practice a simpler lifestyle of building by hand.

Some may find it satisfying to be able to carry around the experience of creating their own furniture, let alone pass it on to their children.

His Elder Son – Developing a family work ethic.

Focus on community and quality

Our focus on our local community allows us to listen carefully to your desires, discover the communities that empower us, and encourage and partner with our local small businesses. This allowed us to serve you better, know your interests and customize projects for you.

As a trusted purveyor of quality custom furniture, homeware and décor, we never take shortcuts on the journey to creating something your family will cherish for years to come.

Under normal circumstances, I polish things up a bit to soften my delivery. However, there is one point I would like to emphasize: if we had to make substandard goods to make a living, then Clines Crafted Woodworking LLC simply wouldn’t exist.

While there are ways to cut corners with cheaper materials or inferior techniques, these aren’t the types of products we stand by. We put the same energy into our work for others that I put into the work I put into my family to create strong designs that endure.

The finished bed

As a passionate craftsman, I am committed to exceeding your expectations every time.

It’s not a person’s name or background that sparks my interest in furniture, but rather an in-depth study of the materials and construction methods of the great masters who are considered to be of high quality.

When designing furniture for my own use and for our customers, I draw from different design schools and refine the high quality aspects to create furniture that exhibits modernity, classic style and strong craftsmanship.

Quality is our priority. When it comes to furniture or the other wood products we make. The techniques, styles and materials we use at Clines Crafted Woodworking LLC are meant to be the best.

Because my family deserves it. And your family deserves it too.

Dan Clines is a woodworker and craftsman and owner of Clines Crafted Woodworking in Georgetown, Kentucky. His work has been featured on the Woodworking Network and Cottagecore Magazine and has been a top 10 finalist in national competitions. He can be reached at [email protected]

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