- About Us
Jeff runs the online business and wood shop. He is the designer, producer, shipper, and customer service specialist.
Kate is a full-time pharmacist and inspiration for a vast array of our products.
INTRODUCTION TO THE CRAFTY SMITHS:
We are Jeff and Kate Smith! We are a husband/wife home business specializing in laser cutting and etching, along with various other crafts. We started The Crafty Smiths in Washington state in October of 2011 (we originally called ourself JSK Creative Designs, but no one could remember it). Our first products were actually paracord bracelets, which we sold for two months before investing in a hobby-grade laser cutter so we could cut out paper snowflakes and engrave simple wood signs. We continued to sell paracord bracelets for a couple more years, but our laser cut products were what we and our customers were really interested in!
Those were the early days of our business, when both Kate and I had separate full-time jobs that we enjoyed, but wanted to find something to do in our spare time that could actually help pay for our hobby! We figured it would be great if someday we could quit and jobs and work together from home on a business that we created from the ground up!
In March of 2012, just a few months after we started the business, Kate landed a new job in Phoenix, Arizona. So rather than try to find a new job in a new city, I chose to pursue the growth of our small business. After a month of living in Kate's parents' house and not having much access to our tools (all of our equipment was in a storage unit!), we finally bought and moved into our first home, which had a spacious 2.5 car garage. This meant we had plenty of room to set up the tools in the extra half-car portion of the garage while we managed to fit both of our vehicles inside too!
Well, that didn't last long as our online sales really took off and by the end of 2012, we had upgraded from our cheap hobby laser (it got the job done, albeit slowly and inaccurately) to an professional-quality laser system with a significantly larger capacity. Our new machine is also incredibly accurate and many times faster than our hobby machine!
Fast forward to today, and we now have two of these laser cutters running at any given time, plus several large woodworking machines, which combined take up more than half of the 2.5 car garage. We receive dozens of requests each day from interested clients regarding our wedding invitations and favors, among other things, and our clients continue to rave about our customer service!
NOTHING MAKES US HAPPIER THAN A SATISFIED CUSTOMER!
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Definitely contact us if you would like to learn more about us or our products, or are interested in wholesale pricing for sale in your own retail location! We can't wait to work with you!