Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Tisdel Woodworks


Paul Tisdel is the owner and maker behind Tisdel Woodworks, and his reclaimed barn wood designs are as eco-friendly as they are beautiful. Paul is involved in the process every step of the way, from hand selecting the materials to putting on the practical finishing touches. Wood signs are so classic, and what better way to decorate than with an authentic, handcrafted piece? 
Who are you and what do you do?

I am a father of four with my beautiful wife, Kelly. She is the one that makes sacrifices for me to do what I love to do. Right now, Tisdel Woodworks isn't my full-time job but I am working hard to make it so.

How did you get started in your business?

Tisdel Woodworks is primarily a one man show. I do have some very tough and hardworking friends that help with the dismantling of the barns that I use to make my products. However, I am the one that handles the wood from dismantling the barn all the way to the final hooks on the back of my signs.

What are some inspirations for your work?

I use reclaimed wood from any old building that has seen better days and turn it into works of art. Everything from state wall art to custom signs and furniture. I love working with the old growth wood that you can't just buy in stores any more.

Have you always been passionate about art and design?

I found my passion for working with barn wood when I took some old boards from a fence that was getting taken down and turned it into our dining room table. I love the look and the history of the wood that was used in all the old structures.

What’s your favorite item that you sell?

Custom pieces are my favorite! I love taking someone's idea and being able to turn it into their dream piece. I like the whole design process. From that idea that pops into your head to getting it on paper (more computer these days) and bringing it to life.
Check out more of Paul's work online, and be sure to stop by his booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!


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