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  • Writer's pictureKieran Helbling

The Journey Begins: Spalted Sparrow Studios is Taking Flight!

Hello and welcome to Spalted Sparrow Studios' inaugural blog post! I'm incredibly excited to share with you the story of how my passion for woodworking transformed into a small business, and how I'm taking those first wobbly steps towards entrepreneurship. As a creative soul with a love for working with my hands, I've always found solace, joy, sometimes frustration, and more often, reward in the art of woodworking. The time has finally come for me to spread my wings and take a leap, venturing into the world of small business ownership and embracing the challenges and triumphs that await. I’d love if you would join me as we explore the beauty of wood, the intricacies of business ownership, and the passion that fuels Spalted Sparrow Studios. For years, creative ventures - in particular woodworking - have brought me immense satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. I enjoy the challenge of problem solving, fixing mistakes, and learning new ways to approach the task at hand. The process of turning raw, natural materials into unique, functional, and beautiful pieces of art always brought me a great deal of joy. As my skills developed, so did my desire to share my creations with others. With the encouragement of friends and fellow creatives, that's when the idea for Spalted Sparrow Studios was born.


Starting a small business from scratch is at once both thrilling and nerve-wracking. There's a lot to learn, from business registration and marketing to sourcing materials and properly pricing products. And putting myself and my art out into the realm of the public feels like a tremendously vulnerable thing to do. I'm sure I'll face my fair share of challenges along the way. But, I am eager to learn, and am excited to grow as a business owner, a woodworker, and a creative individual. Although I haven't yet sold any items, I'm excited to launch my first collection very VERY soon! Each piece I make is a labor of love, carefully crafted to showcase the natural beauty of the wood in the hopes that they resonate with the people who will own and use them. The learning curve on this adventure may be steep, but I'm ready to embrace it with open arms. One of the most exciting aspects of starting Spalted Sparrow Studios is the opportunity to connect with fellow woodworking and creative enthusiasts, aspiring artisans, and customers who appreciate the time and effort that goes into each creation. I sincerely look forward to hearing your stories, exchanging tips and techniques, and learning from your experiences. As I embark on launching my first products, as I look past any trepidation I am experiencing, I can't help but feel proud of the progress I've made. The moment of my first product launch will reflect the hard work, grit, and love that has gone into developing and sharpening my skills over time. And this is only the beginning! As Spalted Sparrow Studios sets out on its journey, I'm committed to continually learning, growing, and evolving, while sharing the joy of creating with others. I invite you to join me on this exciting journey as I navigate the world of small business ownership and strive to make Spalted Sparrow Studios a name synonymous with quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Together, we embark on a journey of discovery and growth in the world of woodworking, small business, and whatever else may arise, and I couldn't be more excited to do it with you!


Thank you for your support, and stay tuned for updates on upcoming product releases, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and helpful tips and tricks for your own creative adventures. Happy creating, Kieran “Kal” Helbling Founder, Spalted Sparrow Studios

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