Where it All Began – Part One
Wood Simply Made wasn’t always the well polished designs you see today. The first prototype was more humble in design.
As you may have assumed from some of our previous blogs, I didn’t start Wood Simply Made by way of some master plan knowing it would grow into what it is today. I didn’t sit down to write a business plan or develop a list of items I thought would sell well. At the time I just knew I was pleased with the progress I had made woodworking in my garage during my spare time. I had no way of knowing the first challenge coin display I ever made for myself would help shape the the future.
Being a retired Air Force veteran I had collected my fair share of challenge coins and wanted a neat, clean, and elegant way to display them. Given my passion for creating items using the skills I had developed woodworking, it seemed natural to build a challenge coin display myself. I briefly planned it out and began working on my latest creation, still oblivious of how important this simple project I completed in my spare time would become.
After a few days of trying different cuts and configurations, I finally had my first challenge coin display. Admittedly, my first attempt is nowhere near as polished as our current collection of challenge coin displays, though at the time I couldn’t be more proud. My first display was not made from a single piece of wood as they are now, but rather separate pieces I joined together. Even the Air Force logo wasn’t correct, but I didn’t care, I was pleased with my crafting and even brought it to work with me to place on my desk.
Within just a few days of me proudly setting up my display, a co-worker came by and began to admire my work. After a brief conversation he asked if he could purchase it from me as he too had several challenge coins he would like to display. A bit shocked someone would want something I had created, I eagerly sold it to him knowing I could just make another. In that moment, Wood Simply Made was born.