Village Woodworks is owned and solely operated by Isaac McDonald. And that's me, I founded the business in the fall of 2017.
At a young age I constantly found myself wanting to create; whether it was sketching in a notepad, helping my mom sew, or making pottery in art class. But, it wasn't until I was in middle school when I realized I really loved to create out of wood. At the age of 14 I bought my first piece of equipment, a wood lathe. My brilliant business idea was to make baseball bats to sell to players around the Kansas City area. Wellllll, about 3 weeks later, the lathe was sitting in my parents garage collecting dust. A few years down the road, and I'm a broke high school student. That's when I decided to take advantage of the school shop. I began making lots of cutting boards. Man, those were 10x easier than baseball bats, and hey, they actually sold. I wanted to do more than just cutting boards though, I wanted to make furniture. Thanks to youtube and a good friend of mine, I quickly learned the basics.
After coming across a post on Facebook of someone looking for a custom wooden dog kennel, I decided to invest in some tools and take on the job. Dog kennels weren't exactly the type furniture I imagined myself making, but when I posted the final product, messages started coming in. By the time I was a senior in high school, I had made 30+ dog kennels and many other pieces of furniture for the people of Kansas City.
As high school graduation approached, I planned to attend Kansas State University to study marketing. I wasn't fully content with that decision though. I wasn't convinced that the standard 4 year route was for me. People say to do something you're passionate about. Something that you enjoy. Something that you don't see as "work". Well, I was fortunate enough to be in a position to make that my reality. So, after many conversations with friends, family, and mentors, I decided to forgo my plans to attend KSU and do this thing full-time. And hey, if I fail, universities will still take my money the following year, right?
Shortly after running Village Woodworks full-time, I moved into my own place where I converted my two car garage into my shop. If it weren't for God's constant provision, I would have been right back in the classroom. Thankfully, for over 3 years now, I have been blessed to call this my "job".