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Shop Talk: A Carpenter’s Son Design Co. Funding Adoptions through Handcrafted Pieces

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Earlier this year, A Carpenter’s Son Design Co. owner Josh Scheutzow transitioned his part-time woodworking business into a full-time career. Initially started to fund a domestic adoption for Scheutzow and his wife, Laura, the company has gained  traction over the past several months and now works with a host of local eateries. Currently located at 53 Kingston Ave., the company continues to supply residential and commercial clients with custom-designed and handcrafted pieces.

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Although he worked in construction, Scheutzow grew up learning carpentry from both his father and grandfather. A few years ago, when friends and family began asking him to craft wooden household items for them, the seed for a business was planted. Scheutzow saw the potential to raise the necessary $35,000 for the adoption through creating and selling custom pieces. He started an Instagram account and an Etsy shop, and he dedicated his evenings and weekends to the booming business.

In December 2015, the Scheutzows welcomed their adopted son into their family, funded through A Carpenter’s Son Design Co. Fast forward two years, and the Scheutzows continue to work with the agency who facilitated their adoption, Choice Network. A portion of profits from A Carpenter’s Son Design Co. are donated to an adoptive family in need of funding, and several times a year Scheutzow creates a custom piece and donates 100 percent of the sales from it to an adoptive family.

A Carpenter’s Son Design Co. crafts items large and small for both residential and commercial purposes. Scheutzow works with clients to design a customized piece that fits the client’s needs, whether it’s a desk, table, bench, or a smaller home goods item. While the company has standard designs that can be customized, they do not carry in-stock items. Instead, each item is made to order to the client’s specifications.

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Since launching fulltime in January 2017, A Carpenter’s Son Design Co. has worked commercially with a few local favorite places. They worked with Hot Chicken Takeover to build updated tables for their existing North Market location, crafted new tables for their recently-opened Clintonville location, and are currently putting the finishing touches on the tables for their upcoming Easton location. They have also worked with Native Cold Pressed in German Village, Fox in the Snow in Italian Village, and Little Eater in Clintonville.

A Carpenter’s Son Design Co. has also worked with a few places outside of Central Ohio, including Mike Mariola Restaurants. They built the tables for their Cleveland location, Ohio Beer Garden. Scheutzow recently signed a contract with Mike Mariola Restaurants for their new eatery, The Rail, opening next year in Dublin.

Scheutzow has big plans for the future of his company. In addition to continuing to work with clients both in and out of Central Ohio, the workshop will be moving to Sunbury. Scheutzow and his family are in the process of renovating a 100-year-old farmhouse and plan to build a space for A Carpenter’s Son Design Co. studio on the farmstead as well. He also plans on creating a public space that can be used for classes and events.

More information about A Carpenter’s Son Design Co. and how to place an order with them can be found at acarpenterssondesignco.com.

Photo by Randi Walle.

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