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Meet Joe Bogan of Riverview

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joe Bogan. 

Hi Joe, 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?
For sure! I started woodworking as a hobby a little more than 12 years ago. I found it to be a great way to destress and… being a military Veteran, it helped… Over the years, I’ve made anything from large patio furniture to small luxury jewelry boxes. I even made several wooden wedding bands for myself and a few others. Everything I made was really just to see if I could do it… and if done successfully, usually given away as a gift. Last summer, I made a few cutting boards which turned out great, and asked around on social media if anyone would be interested in purchasing one. The boards all sold within a day and soon I had people asking me to make more. Those first sales eventually precipitated my business – Bogan Fine Woodworking. Today, I specialize in making end-grain cutting boards, charcuterie boards, and serving trays out of Teak. As a former Marine, I take tremendous pride in the creation of all my products and strive to ensure my customers have the best experience possible. Additionally, I’ve committed to giving back to nature by having one tree planted for every board sold.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Starting a small business isn’t easy, especially in the middle of a pandemic. There was a lot to learn. I often found myself reaching out to mentors when I needed help or assistance. My parents were small business owners as well. Even though they were in the restaurant business, they have provided guidance over the course of me starting my own business… and for that, I’m very grateful. Thankfully, I work out of my own garage, so I don’t have to worry much about overhead costs.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
For my products, I primarily use premium quality Teak. Teak not only is naturally resistance to bacteria and moisture, but it also includes such an array of many vibrant colors and variations in the wood; the character will present differently on each board. Using my technique, it allows me to produce boards that will not look like the next. No two will ever look the same. All the boards I build are also end-grain boards. End-grain ensures you’re cutting with the wood fibers and not against them like edge-grain boards. This is not only better for your knives, but also highly reduces any score lines from prepping your food. Also, end-grain boards last so much longer and in my opinion, look so much better as well. My customers also have the option to add a custom laser engraved image and/or text to their boards. I have the fortunate ability to do almost any image they want. I’ve had some pretty unique requests, all of which have turned out great. 

I also finish every board the same: A signature. A date. And an origin.
• Adding my signature is not simply a “logo” for me, signing my name is my way of guaranteeing the quality of the craftsmanship. I will never add my name to anything I build unless it meets my very specific expectations.
• These products are of heirloom quality. Adding a date allows my customers to recall how long their board has been a part of their family. I don’t expect any of my products to end up on “Antiques Roadshow” down the line – but… you never know.
• As a disabled combat veteran, I understand the importance of supporting great American-made products. The origin assures my customers these items are personally handcrafted in the USA. Many companies advertise their products as “Designed in the USA”, but actually made overseas. And for some, “Made in the USA” means mass-produced items with limited quality control. That’s why I label my products as “Handcrafted in USA”. Because they are simply that… handcrafted quality products designed, built, and shipped by me from Tampa, Florida USA.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Luck played some part in where I am today. Long ago, a work colleague was selling his table saw at a price I couldn’t refuse. That first piece of machinery spurred my passion for woodworking and essentially got me to where I am today. I’ve had that saw for over twelve years and to this day is my primary tool. 

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