Brooklyn Park’s Iron Roots Woodworks Creates Custom Furniture
For Dave Steinman and his son, Michael, nothing beats working side-by-side. Especially when they share the same hobby.
This year, the father-and-son duo decided to take a leap of faith. Amid a pandemic, they turned their woodworking hobby into a business called Iron Roots Woodworks.
“It actually started from a previous business we own, Missing Pieces Escape Games,” explained Michael Steinman, CEO of Iron Roots Woodworks. “We started building out all the rooms and doing all the design works and the furniture and layout for that. From there, we started doing custom work for other people as well.”
Customizing anything from tables, desks and shelving units, the Brooklyn Park-based business can pretty much do it all.
“Customers get to make choices. Whether that’s a choice of wood, we do a lot of wood in walnut, hickory and maple. So they get an idea of what matches up in their current design motif in their house, if you will,” said Dave Steinman, co-owner.
Father Dave takes care of the heavy duties including sawing, jointing and planing. While son Michael is behind the intricate elements. That includes drawing out designs on the computer and using lasers.
Michael admitted it was a little nerve racking opening a business during a time of uncertainty. But to his surprise, business quickly grew.
“In March, COVID hit and we thought we might be in trouble,” Michael said. “It turns out with everyone working from home, we actually got more work from that rather than less.”
Michael said COVID has more families in search of customized work spaces to prevent neck and wrist strains.
“The fatigue overall of sitting, you want to make sure you have something custom made that will fit you and what you need to use it for,” he added.
And while one project could take days to craft perfectly, the duo said nothing beats having a one-of-a-kind furniture.
“There’s a group that’s definitely coming to appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into them,” Dave said.