261 episodes

We cover the business and marketing side of the sawmill, tree service, furniture making, Urban Wood, and woodworking industry. If you're a woodworker, sawmill owner, or any other entrepreneur and/or business owner in the wood industry, you need to check out this podcast.


Each week, we interview business owners, large-scale companies, entrepreneurs, makers, and designers while also offering marketing and business advice that will help you grow your business and increase your profits. Tune in every Thursday!


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The Woodpreneur Podcast Acres of Timber

    • Business
    • 4.5 • 45 Ratings

We cover the business and marketing side of the sawmill, tree service, furniture making, Urban Wood, and woodworking industry. If you're a woodworker, sawmill owner, or any other entrepreneur and/or business owner in the wood industry, you need to check out this podcast.


Each week, we interview business owners, large-scale companies, entrepreneurs, makers, and designers while also offering marketing and business advice that will help you grow your business and increase your profits. Tune in every Thursday!


www.acresoftimber.com


www.woodpreneurlife.com


Join our free and private Facebook Group!


https://www.facebook.com/groups/woodpreneurlife

    Austin Waldo: Austin School of Furniture

    Austin Waldo: Austin School of Furniture

    Austin Waldo: Austin School of Furniture






    “I want to get more into woodworking, so as soon as I get to Austin, I'm going to look up a woodworking club and see what they're all about. And found a club that's no longer around and went to the club meeting, which was pretty terrible. As a furniture maker, I was bored.






    I want to meet more woodworkers and be much more social around it. So, I took some classes at the community college, met some great folks there, and we started brainstorming, what do we like to do? Well, we like good craft beer, and we like woodworking, so let's start a club that's about that.”






    -Austin Waldo






    Welcome to a brand-new episode of the Woodpreneur Podcast. Today, your host Steve Larosiliere is joined by Austin Waldo, the managing director of Austin School of Furniture.


    Austin started school when he went to a woodworking club, but he felt it could have been more thrilling and better. Because of it, he consequently made more friends and met more woodworkers. He enrolled in a few classes at the community college, where he met some wonderful people, and they got to work on concepts. The group decided to form a club after discovering a shared passion for woodworking, and the rest is history.


    In this episode, we'll learn how Austin was inspired to start a new school by a group of pals with a healthy carpentry passion and a background in marketing and technology. We'll discover the school's beginnings, successful reorientations to change, and future goals.


    Austin also talks about the Texas Woodworking Festival, which will be held in Austin on August 26th and 27th of this year, celebrating everything woodworking!


    Listen now and get the whole story!


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    • 24 min
    Mike Jones: Mike Jones Made It

    Mike Jones: Mike Jones Made It

    Mike Jones: Mike Jones Made It






    “Around 2019, I just kind of started building stuff for myself as a hobby and just didn't realize how much I enjoyed it now that it wasn't like, just demanded or just forced upon me. Just having the opportunity to build things that I wanted to build versus what my dad had ever tasked me with for that particular day.


    So basically, I started building stuff for myself and posting it online, and originally, I started like selling a lot of my stuff on Facebook, kind of just to fund my habit.”






    -Mike Jones






    Welcome to a brand-new episode of the Woodpreneur Podcast. Today, your host Steve Larosiliere is joined by Mike Jones, the founder of Mike Jones Made It. Having a mom who's into real estate and a do-it-yourselfer dad, Mike grew up always helping his dad renovate things, like her mom's daycare and some of their rental properties. Mike began creating stuff for himself as a hobby in 2019 and later realized how much he enjoyed it because he was doing it for himself now rather than because his dad required or pushed him to when he was younger. As he started constructing things for himself, he thought of posting his creations online and selling them on Facebook to support his hobby.






    In this episode, Mike recalls his office career as a Tax-Exempt Bond Finance at an Affordable Housing Finance before becoming a full-time Woodpreneur and the things that led him to leave his job and focus solely on his wood business. He also shares how having entrepreneurial roots inspired him to follow in their footsteps.






    Listen now and get the whole story!


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    • 23 min
    Mike McGarry: Urban Lumber MB

    Mike McGarry: Urban Lumber MB

    Mike McGarry: Urban Lumber MB






    “So, I mean, it took a lot of lobbying and a lot of convincing to eventually get to the point where I could run a pilot project, basically just to convince the city that this is a feasible option. So, I borrowed as much money as I possibly could. I think I had, at the time, I think I had 50K to try and pull together a full sawmill facility.


    And I found a nice landlord that gave me a building to rent for cheap. Founded a used forklift, found an old sawmill that I rebuilt into an electric sawmill, bought an edger, and it just started milling. Just really figuring it out as I went every step of the way. The mechanical side especially was the first challenge.”


     


    -Mike McGarry


     


    Welcome to a brand-new episode of the Woodpreneur Podcast. Today, your host Steve Larosiliere is joined by Mike McGarry, the Co-Founder of Urban Lumber MB.






    Mike has been at the urban lumber game since about 2018. In Winnipeg, they were losing a ton of trees in their urban canopy, primarily due to Dutch Elm Disease and Emerald Ash Borer. Because of this, Mike decided, "Hey, I've seen other companies pull this off in other locations (recycle trees); why can't we do this here in Winnipeg?" However, there was a lot of red tape at the time, mainly because three levels of government were saying, "There is no way that we can allow you to run a sawmill using these trees."






    In this episode, Mike recounts how much lobbying and persuasion it took him to get to the point where he could launch a pilot project and persuade the city that his proposal was viable. And how he borrowed as much money and got scammed in the way just to try and pull together an entire sawmill facility.






    It's time to hear the complete story now!


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    • 21 min
    Steve Larosiliere: Solo Episode

    Steve Larosiliere: Solo Episode

    Steve Larosiliere: Solo Episode






    “When I first started, I didn't really care about downloads, and I still kind of don't care about downloads. I care more about providing really great stories and insights and lessons for the Woodpreneur Community.


    And so, I would say that I probably took last year the most seriously that I ever have with the podcast. I did my best to find good guests. And I know that a lot of you find a lot of value in the consulting sessions that I provide for folks.”






    -Steve Larosiliere






    Welcome to a brand-new episode of the Woodpreneur Podcast. Today's guest is none other than Steve Larosiliere himself! Hear him as he recaps 2022, discusses his goals for 2023, and shares a handful list of trends and other stuff that Woodpreneurs should know this 2023.






    For the Woodpreneur Community, Steve started the podcast to share inspiring stories, insightful thoughts, and life lessons. Before he knew it, 20,000 people were already listening to the podcast without him ever glancing at the statistics. As a result, Steve diligently searched for quality guests and treated the show seriously. His efforts were well-spent, as many listeners found a lot of value in the consulting sessions he provided for folks.






    In this episode, Steve discusses his love of helping people with their businesses and the reason behind the company's rebranding (Acres of Timber). Also, watch out as he talks about launching a brand-new podcast specifically just for builders with an old guest Yelitza Mora and don’t miss the most awaited marketing tips for this year 2023!






    It's time to hear the complete story now!


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    • 31 min
    Landon Knopf: LK Custom Woodworking

    Landon Knopf: LK Custom Woodworking

    Landon Knopf: LK Custom Woodworking






    “I started in high school doing construction. That was kind of everything. But I got a lot of really good basics down doing that. My parents built a cabin down in Southern Missouri. Kind of like where it all started, they built a cabin. I was in college at the time. Me and my dad decided that we were going to finish the entire interior of the cabin ourselves. And with that, I was able to accumulate all these tools, because it was kind of my idea.”






    -Landon Knopf






    Welcome to a brand-new episode of the Woodpreneur Podcast. Today, your host Steve Larosiliere is joined by Landon Knopf, the owner of LK Custom Woodworking. Landon's humble beginnings began when he worked in construction throughout high school when he first acquired all the fundamentals. When he turned college, his father decided they would complete the interior of the cabin they had built in Southern Missouri all by themselves. And so, Landon was able to gather all the equipment required for woodworking.






    In this episode, Landon discusses his intentions to construct a home for himself, how good it is to have your brand in people's homes, and his love of making custom furniture like coffee tables and dressers. 






    Early exposure to carpentry and woodworking led Landon to decide that he wanted to work for himself and establish a woodworking company rather than for a company. He longs for the ability to choose his path and to carry out his work wherever and whenever he pleases.






    Now is the time to hear the entire story!


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    • 29 min
    Jon Heyesen: Arbor Wood Co.

    Jon Heyesen: Arbor Wood Co.

    Jon Heyesen: Arbor Wood Co.






    “Arbor Wood Co. We're Minnesota based. We produce thermally modified wood, siding, decking dimensional lumber, millwork, and all that stuff. We have been around for a decade, 10 years exactly. And the Arbor Wood story really starts from an intersection of a love of building materials, a love of specifically, sustainably produced building materials, design, and an intersection, a connection with the academic world.”






    -Jon Heyesen






    Welcome to a brand-new episode of the Woodpreneur Podcast. Today, your host Steve Larosiliere is joined by Jon Heyesen, the CEO of Arbor Wood Co. Jon's journey began at the point where his passion for design, his connection to academia, and his love of building materials—more specifically, building materials produced sustainably—met. Because of where they are, the natural resources they have, and their incredibly strong natural resources research section, they have a rather active partnership with the University of Minnesota. As a result, relevant research people who want to take good care of the natural resources they have, such as freshwater, forests, a variety of soils, and varied terrains, are collaborating with them.


    In this episode, Jon discusses the benefits of thermal modification and the science behind it, his well-known product line of thermally modified wood furniture, and how steam stabilizes the wood to prevent warping. He also discusses how Thermally Modified Wood targets less environmentally friendly alternatives.


    It's time to hear the full story now!


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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Mr.M3rky ,

Keep it going guys!

This is a great podcast.. full of knowledge

@Roonwerks ,

Dig for gold

Well the most latest episodes are great and full of knowledge and lessons learned, scroll back and give them all listen. I personally listen every one of these last few months it's all value in almost every single show.These podcasts are geared towards those who want to use wood as a medium of their business, but also bringing awareness to makers, Sawyer's and such. Steve's marketing advice can be used on any business and any form on any social media.

Field 34 ,

Good—except….

Consistently interesting discussions with good guests but I am distracted by the host’s tendency to say “right?” at the end of nearly every statement.

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