Everyone congratulate Patrick Spicer, our first ever Member of the Month!!
We (Dorothy and Sarah) are so excited about starting up a "Member of the Month" for the Rising Tide Society's Memphis Chapter. Although we just had our first meetup in April, we've realized we already have so much talent and so many incredible makers in our group who believe in community over competition. We thought Patrick was a perfect first Member of the Month- aside from his obvious talent as a woodworker, he's been such a welcoming presence at our meetups and shown so much enthusiasm for the Rising Tide Society. We're so excited to have him on board as a member of the Rising Tide Society, and we wanted to show him off to all of you!
Each month the Member of the Month will answer five questions for our blog- the first three are standard questions we ask everyone, and the last two are specific to that creative entrepreneur. We hope you enjoy Patrick's answers!
What is your favorite part of being a creative (or creative entrepreneur) in Memphis?
PS: Memphis is just such a creative and inspiring city, I’ve lived all over the country and traveled the world, but have always ended back up in Memphis. There is something about this place that keeps bringing me back. I’ve been wanting to get more involved in the local maker community and thats why Ive been so excited about Rising Tide. Everytime I leave a meeting my mind is just flooded with new ideas and perspectives that I hadn’t thought of yet! It's been great to get out of my little world and get involved with other creatives.
What is your favorite part of your creative business?
PS: The best part is just having the freedom to make stuff, I have the luxury of not having to pay the bills with my creative venture, so I have the freedom to make whatever I want and just be creative and try new things!
What would you tell yourself if you could go back in time to your first day of starting a business?
PS: I would tell myself to not be scared to try new things, I often pushed more complicated/new projects to the back burner, because I didn’t think I was good enough yet. Then when I would actually take the leap and try, it would turn out to be not as complicated as I thought it would.
How did you get into woodworking?
PS: The short answer is that I was too cheap to buy furniture for my first apartment, but really I’ve always been a tinkerer. I love taking things apart and building new things. I built most of the furniture in my first apartment and then saw a bunch of wood turning videos on youtube and that’s when I got really excited about it. Once I bought my first lathe (sarah note: lathe = a woodworking machine that spins the wood really fast so you can carve/shape it), it was all down hill from there!
You've killed it at some festivals recently- any tips and tricks on selling in-person?
PS: I really think that as much as your selling your stuff, you are really just as much selling your story. I can pick up every piece that I’ve made and tell my customer the whole story behind it, where I got the wood, why I decided to make it, when I made it and how the process went. I really think that helps make the sale for a lot of my customers. I work very hard to be efficient with my time and expenses, so that I can make a profitable item and still have an affordable price point. Another good tip is that I always scout out a show before I will apply for it, I try to find shows that I can stand out in!
You can find Spicer Brothers Woodworking on instagram, facebook, or at spicerbrothers.com! If you want to check out his products in-person, head to Bingham and Broad on Broad Ave!
Thank you so much, Patrick! Make sure you follow along on the Rising Tide Society Memphis instagram for a mini-series feature on Patrick and Spicer Brothers Woodworking!