We're Mark and Kathleen. Truth be told, woodworking and art weren't our ambitions. We were both following paths which were textbook "normal." We were always taught that you go to school and study hard so you can wear a tie or a conservative blouse and make a contribution to the corporate world. Preposterous!
Everyone encounters obstacles on their paths. We happened across some pretty large ones and ended up with some proverbial rocks in our shoes. There came a point those boots didn't just need to be shaken out, they needed to be changed.
For Kathleen, the change came from a diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disorder in 2011. It's now well-managed, but required a more flexible schedule than a 9-5 as a therapist could accommodate.
I worked in bio sales. March of 2020, COVID-19 eliminated my position. What was my side passion and Kathleen's full-time gig became our sole source. Or maybe "Soul Source?"
Our woodshop is nestled in the foothills of the Catalina mountain range of Southern Arizona. It's more than just a shop. It's become our dusty little church. Every time we make something new, we too are made anew.
Our interview for Shoutout Arizona can be found here:
THE FUTURE IS SMALL