About five years ago when I bought my first house, I saw a pallet wine rack online that I wanted to make for my kitchen. With no intention of starting a business, I built the wine rack and posted it on social media just for fun. That was when everything took off for me. I had friends and family constantly asking me to build them a wine rack. As I continued to make these pieces, a variety of requests started coming in like coffee tables, coat racks, entertainment stands, etc. I knew right then and there that I had something going.
I quickly expanded from making small furniture pieces out of pallet wood to using a variety of different wood types to make just about anything and everything including epoxy river tables. Within the last 3 years, I have done some or all of the furnishing in two different breweries that opened here in Watertown, NY (Boots Brewery and Garland City Beer Works). I have also made pieces as small as a rustic sign all the way up to an 8.5 foot long epoxy river table. The largest and most detailed table being the one with a hand cut image of Lake George through the middle of it.
As always, I am looking for the next challenge and keeping up with the times of what is in style and continue to educate myself. It started as a hobby and has turned into something so much more; and all self-taught. I have made wonderful connections with several talented locals along the way. I have always taken pride in my work and would like to send out a huge thank you to my community, friends and family for all of the continued support.
-Mike Schepis Jr.