Turning A Woodworking Hobby Into A Business Venture

By Victoria Lusk
American News, Aberdeen, S.D.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Together Derek and Abby Brick have four children — 5, 2, 1 and 5 months. Despite being plenty busy, they also are caring for and growing a special business born out of their combined passion for art, photography and woodworking.

American News, Aberdeen, S.D.

Two businesses are better than one, especially when both owners are doing what they love.

Even better — these couple of entrepreneurs are a couple, married since 2012.

With a little push from his wife, Derek Brick has turned his love for woodworking into a side business.

From the forts he built with friends during his childhood to the items he’s built more recently for himself and his family, his experience shows in his ability to cater to custom orders and make one-of-a-kind wildlife pieces.

He estimates he’s been woodworking for 15 or so years.

His wife, Abby Brick, is the face behind the camera at Abby Nelson Photography, which was founded in 2009.

From pricing items to designing the logo for D. Brick Designs Custom Woodworking, her experience has been instrumental, Derek Brick said.

Together the Bricks have four children — 5, 2, 1 and 5 months. Despite being plenty busy, “She’s always said I should start (the woodworking business),” Derek Brick said.

So far, deciding to do so has worked out well.

Since creating his Facebook page a week or so ago, Brick has received almost a dozen custom orders — most for Christmas gifts, others for custom pieces of furniture.

A lot of his work is themed around wildlife — deer, elk, ducks — which, as a big hunter, he’s just fine with.
Brick works for a local landscaping business during the warmer months. He’s hoping his new endeavor will keep him equally busy during the winter.

Just not too busy.

“I don’t want to make it a job. I always want it to feel like a hobby,” he said.

Some of Brick’s pieces can be viewed on his Facebook page. Search D. Brick Designs Custom Woodworking.

Order inquiries can also be placed by messaging that page.

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