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Daily Inspiration: Meet Peter Butler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Peter Butler.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
The business started at the start of the pandemic last year but, in all reality, started way before then. My grandfather was a very skilled woodworker and could build anything imaginable. We share the same first and middle name and so that’s where the name for my business, The Payne Woodshop, came from. Back at the start of the pandemic, I like everyone, needed something to do. That’s where I made my first item. The patio deck cooler for my brother for his birthday. I had no intention of starting a business or doing much past that but friends and family encouraged me to make an Instagram/Facebook and post it. I did and the rest is history. As I have refined my skills, I have gotten into more fine craftsmanship and heirloom quality furniture. I plan to get into more artistic style pieces as I move into my new studio in the school’s 33 arts building.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been anything but smooth for me, however I have been extremely fortunate to have the opportunity that I do. I started working out of someone else’s shop and once I turned my operation into more of a business, it was obvious that I needed to branch out and find my own space not just for myself but out of respect for them. Huge shoutout to Joe Karoly with Gentry Builders out of skippack pa for letting me use his shop in the beginning. From there, I found a space in the Hamilton area and set up shop there. The windowless space was far from ideal and was nicknamed “the dungeon” due to lack of light and heat/ac. After six months in that space, I knew I wanted a new brighter space and one that was around other creatives and that’s where I found school 33. My business has gone through many progressions with making different items and taking on orders that certainly were way bigger than I thought I could handle at the time. This, however, is what allowed me to grow my business and art into the operation it is today.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a local woodworker in the downtown Baltimore area. I focus on modern and rustic design with a focus on making pieces that will last generations to come. I am most proud of the larger commission pieces I have made and the specific requests I have been able to fill with from my customers. I love all the live edge tables I have made and really appreciate how it highlights the wood and imperfections and beauty as a result.

One of my most popular items is my cutting boards/charcuterie boards. I can make just about any size and style you could dream of. Recently I have been getting into lathe work. Turning small items like pens, bottle openers, wine stoppers, razor handles and such. What sets me apart is I am a one-man operation. I am the owner, the sales rep, the designer, the builder, and everything in between. This means your vision for a piece will never get lost in translation as every step of the process will be handled by me. And I am so proud of the business I have been able to create with that.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up, I was someone who could not sit still. I had a curiosity for everything and asked questions constantly. I was always trying to figure out how things worked to the point where when I would get a toy, rather than playing with it like a normal kid, I would take it apart to see how the toy worked and how it was built. This carrier on to the creative and design mindset I have today. It’s those early years that drove the passion I have today.

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