We're Mark and Kathleen. Small business owners, wood alchemists, table saw wizards, and a husband and wife team of creative, bohemian geeks in the southern Sonoran desert of Tucson.
WHY DO WE DO IT?
We have a passion for reviving and recreating Mother Nature's most beautiful and versatile resource, transforming it into enduring products with new purpose. We've found that when we transform wood, it transforms us. There's something meditative within the practice that is restorative to both the piece we create and a small piece of ourselves in the process.
IN THE BEGINNING
The first pieces we produced, starting in 2016, were reflective of our love of pop and geek culture. Some of our work has become more traditional, while other pieces fit into other genres like "oddities and curiosities" and decidedly needed a separate showcase. Hard Candy Woodshop was born from that need. The name was inspired by both a song from Counting Crows and our belief that anything made from wood is candy to the eye.
Whenever you choose an item from Hard Candy, you can be assured the wood came from a source that's ethical in it's practices and was hand picked by us for its unique beauty. Many of the pieces we make are a "1/1" creation. You won't find another just like it. It's just the two of us and a few shop dogs (rescued from here and there) who are absolutely worthless as employees, but they're cute, so we keep them on the payroll.
We build our creations to be beautiful, unique, and sometimes unusual while fulfilling the expectation of structural integrity.
THE FUTURE IS SMALL
We've got no investors and no venture capitalists. For this, we want to sincerely thank you for allowing us to do what we love to do, for elevating the importance of shopping small, and exalting the role of artists.