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Meet Jeremy Wells

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeremy Wells. 

Hi Jeremy, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Hello there! My name is Jeremy Wells, and I am the owner of Wells Woodworking. I am the luckiest husband to the most wonderful and supportive woman in the world, Megan. Without her, I really have no idea what my life would be like. Together, we are raising two of the most amazing kids the world will ever know (in my humble opinion). Ethan is 7 and Charlotte is 5, and they are the absolute joys of our life! 

Truthfully, I never aspired to be a woodworker. I have spent about half of my life in the field of Law Enforcement, and I currently work as a proud Police Officer for one of the area’s best agencies. Before moving to the area in 2015, I was a 15-year veteran of the Memphis Police Department, where I was born and raised. I love what I do, and will continue to serve the community for as long as I possibly can. 

It was about 4 years ago, when I had the bright idea to try and make a cutting board for my mother-in-law. She is the absolute best cook I have ever met, and she loves to be in the kitchen. For her birthday that year, I thought a cutting board would be perfect. I had very minimal experience working with wood, but after a few YouTube videos, I thought “how hard could it be?”…. I went to a local lumber yard and picked out some rough wood, and I went to work. I quickly realized how much I did not know. After many crooked cuts and incorrect measurements, the frustration set in and I questioned if it was really worth the aggravation. I finally came up with a decent final product, and then ruined it, with a failed attempt to carve a juice groove into it. However, I felt I had done just enough correctly to give it another go. So, I bought several pieces of various exotic hardwoods, and I ended up with three different cutting boards. While they were certainly not perfect, I gave one to my mother-in-law for her birthday, and she cried when she got it. She absolutely loved it, and it gave me the desire to try and make more. As I got more and more into it, I invested in some better, more useful tools, and for a while, it seemed like I was buying a new power tool every other week. At first, I was just giving them away to close family and friends, and after a while, my wife and mother-in-law encouraged me to try and start selling them. I resisted the idea at first, but I finally let my wife talk me into doing one of our local neighborhood pop-up markets. I could not believe the success! Over the next couple of years, people began asking me if I made this, or if I made that, and most of the time my answer was “no, but I’ll give it a try”. Now, I mostly stick to cutting boards, butcher blocks, cornhole boards, and wood-burned flags, but every once in a while, I will take on other projects like small furniture, if it is something I feel is within my skill set. What started as a hobby, has turned into just a little more than that. I work out of my garage, and my time spent is limited to my normal time off. 

One of the most fulfilling things is getting to see how far some of my work had traveled. From Newtown, CT, to Norfolk, VA, to Texas, I’ve sent flags and cutting boards all over the place. Most of my work is shared locally, which I certainly enjoy as well. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would not say it has been a smooth road by any means. I never realized how much I did not know about working with wood, and still do not know. Often, my mistakes do not become known until after I’ve made them. Financially, I invested a lot the first few years without seeing any type of gains. I certainly am not getting rich, but that was never even the goal. The good thing for me is that my interest in woodworking was never meant to be more than a hobby. So, the fact it has turned into such a fun little business (literally), is really just a bonus. I’ve never really felt the true pressure of owning or running a small business. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
As I mentioned earlier, I have been a Police Officer for almost 22 years. My love and respect for the field of Law Enforcement, other first responders, and the military has definitely shown itself in my woodworking endeavors. When people ask me what I make, I usually say I specialize in custom cutting boards and butcher boards. While I love using beautiful and exotic hardwoods to make cutting boards, charcuterie boards, and butcher boards, I found that many people had an interest in first responder and patriotic-themed items, such as flags, challenge coin holders, and cornhole boards. Although they do not require much effort to make, I believe they are the most rewarding, because of how proud people seem to be to have them. 

From a creative standpoint, the thing I love the most is taking raw lumber and making something beautiful out of it, something that will last and something people will be proud to display in their homes. As far as my cutting boards go, people are always interested to know that no two boards have ever been the same. I believe I can truly say they are always one of a kind. 

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
If someone was on the fence about turning their own talents into a business of their own, I’d tell them you can’t succeed if you don’t try! I have failed many many times when trying to bring an idea to reality, and it is a constant learning process for me. But I will always love the satisfaction I feel when I create something from nothing. I’d also tell people to be patient. I am certainly my own worst critic, and I would tell people to not be too hard on yourself if at first, you do not succeed. Practice does not always make you perfect, but it certainly makes you better! 

Contact Info:

  • Email: nogame9879@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: @Wells Woodworking
  • Facebook: @JeremyWellsWoodworking

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