From Cutting Boards to the North Market: A Carpenter’s Son’s Craftsmanship Grows
A Carpenter’s Son launched in 2015 selling Ohio-shaped cutting boards as a means to help Josh Scheutzow and his family raise funds for their domestic adoption. Come August, the furniture company will install seating for over 400 people on the mezzanine level of the iconic North Market.
From part-time side hustle, to a full-time gig and country homestead with a dedicated workshop outside of Sunbury, it has been a whirlwind few years for Scheutzow and A Carpenter’s Son.
Two years ago Scheutzow made the leap to pursue A Carpenter’s Son full-time. The company quickly outgrew their workshop on the South Side, but Scheutzow wanted something different for his family with the business’ next move.
The family wanted to get out of the city and develop a more organic medley of family and work life. Finding the ideal location turned out to be a difficult task until a friend discovered a vacant property with an 1830s farmhouse in Sunbury. It took tracking down the landowners and convincing them to hold the property for nine months as Scheutzow secured financing as a small business owner, but the family found their ideal setup.
The Scheutzows renovated the house and moved in in September 2018 before wrapping up work on a new 2,500 square foot workshop on the property to accommodate their growing business.
A Carpenter’s Son has grown by 400% in the last two years. About 30-40 % of the business is residential work. It’s mostly kitchen and dining room tables, kitchen islands and a smattering of other home decor pieces like coffee tables and mirrors.
Customization is key for A Carpenter’s Son. Scheutzow says people will find inspiration through their popular Instagram account and ask for similar designs to fit their space. Other times they get to flex their creative muscle.
“A lot of times people trust us that, like, ‘hey we like your aesthetic, we like your story, what can you build for us?'” Scheutzow says.
On the commercial side, A Carpenter’s Son has made pieces for a laundry list of local businesses. They’ve worked with restaurants like Hot Chicken Takeover, Fox in the Snow and Rockmill Brewery, to retailers like Pursuit and Moss Hair Salon, to businesses like Root Insurance, Yao Chen Design, COhatch and TENFOLD.
A Carpenter’s Son has built a wide variety of pieces for commercial spaces, but Scheutzow sees a common theme – it’s frequently spaces and furniture that brings people together – an office gathering room or conference room or break room. He says employers want employees to feel more comfortable and not have a sterile environment, but a warmer one that lends itself to A Carpenter’s Son designs.
Their latest project with North Market, fits into that gathering category, too. After several connections with North Market decision makers, and a formal introduction from Hot Chicken Takeover, A Carpenter’s Son was selected to replace the mishmash of furniture that currently serves as dining space for North Market patrons.
“We hired a designer to help us develop a seating plan for their second floor mezzanine, and are increasing their seating capacity upstairs from 250 guests to over 400,” Scheutzow says.
That increased capacity means a new layout for the space.
“We are building stationary community tables along the east side of the mezzanine, a wrap around bartop that surrounds the railing where guests can sit and overlook the busyness of the market, and on the west side will have mobile dining tables that can be configured for various events,” Scheutzow says.
He calls it an honor to have their work in a destination that’s synonymous with Columbus. It will also put their craftsmanship on display for the millions of visitors the North Market welcomes every year.
“I’m hopeful that as our story and work continues to grow, people will continue to trust us with these special projects, whether it’s for their dining rooms, or a historic place like North Market,” Scheutzow says.
A Carpenter’s Son continues to support adoptions through their business. Quickly raising the funds to cover their adoption, the company would select a new family to support each month through the sales of cutting boards and t-shirts. However, Scheutzow noticed that sales could be inconsistent – some families would get thousands of dollars one month, but far less another, so they would just donate money to help make up the difference.
So now instead of a family of the month, A Carpenter’s Son will just donate money when they hear of a family in need of help with adoption fees, or do things like auction off pieces and donate the proceeds.
When Scheutzow reflects on the last four years, he says craftsmanship and hustle have always run in the family, but A Carpenter’s Son has evolved in a way he didn’t expect.
“The fact that we started selling cutting boards and now it feeds my family, and now it feeds three other families…that’s really cool, just from like a small business trying to carve out your place,” Scheutzow says. “We’re really proud and we’re really excited.”
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