Meet the Maker Monday - Axe and Lathe!
We just wrapped up our first home market of the year in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho! Despite Mother Nature totally dropping the ball on the spring weather (snow... ew) the Kootenai County Fairgrounds was PACKED for one of the most successful Rebel Junk Vintage Markets we've had! Our incredible vendors filled FOUR buildings with some of the most creative booths and structures we've seen so far. It was such an awesome sight just to walk around and see so many small business owners not just showing up, but rocking it!
I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with so many wonderful people, and you'll get to meet a few of them over the next few weeks! Today, I'd like to introduce you to James and Meredith Randall of Axe and Lathe.
Together since childhood, this adorable couple are PNW natives. They currently live in North Spokane with their five-year-old son, where they are close enough to visit family in Orofino, Idaho. For years, James has done woodworking as a hobby, creating gifts for friends and family and being urged to start a business with his talent. So around the holidays just over a year ago, he made a table for his parents, and realized he would need a lathe to turn the legs for his project. Thus spawned what Meredith calls his first compulsive hobby. A planner by nature and in his day job, James finds joy in the simplicity of beginning a project and finding that immediate satisfaction when it's completed. No months-long planning stages with no return for years!
One look at Meredith will tell you that she has a creative spirit, which she confirmed when she confided that she's hoping to return to school for interior design in the near future. She assists James as his design guru, idea factory, and in repurposing products to suit the needs of their business. It's clear they make an excellent team!
Utilizing hardwoods (their favorite is black walnut) to create custom pieces and a full product line, the item of the hour is the rolling pin. They are beautifully smooth and heavy, with even weight distribution and perfect sizing for any pastry chef or home baker. Whether you prefer a straight baker's pin, a classic handled roller, or a tapered french style, the Randalls have you covered with a beautiful piece that will get the job done for you.
Of course, there's more to a business than the product. The people behind the (incredibly beautiful) wooden table are what makes it run, and what made us seek them out to be part of the Rebel Junk family. James and Meredith have been together since they were 14 years old, and even now, after 11 years of marriage and 16 years together, couldn't think of anything embarrassing about each other! They still play video game together, laugh together, and are raising a family together. They're basically the cutest!
Their favorite thing about Axe and Lathe is getting to meet people and create something that brings a dream to life. A while back, James sold a customer a Washington state piece, and now creates wooden trophies for that customer's BBQ competition. They love being part of their customers' lives in a creative and meaningful way!
At just one year into their business journey, James and Meredith intend to continue building Axe and Lathe as a sort of side gig, which we love! You can see more of their work on Etsy and Instagram(just search Axe and Lathe) and be sure to find them at our next Coeur d'Alene market in July!
Stay tuned to meet more Rebels and be sure to follow along with everything we're up to at Rebel Junk! Click below to head to our website to view our event schedule and purchase tickets, apply to become a vendor, and more!