Today I am going to introduce you to Mystic Eye Creations
A husband and wife team, Dan and Tanya Podawiltz puts heart into each piece of functional art they create. You see this in each piece, they are so unique and beautiful! Dan creates the unique wood and acrylic gifts while Tanya runs the design and customer service ends. It's not many shops that I can say this about... but their photography is very well done! (nope, I didn't even do it!) But it clearly sets them apart from other stores!
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I am going to let Tanya tell you a little more about their story! I hope you enjoy!
Dan originally learned to turn in high school shop class, where he liked the art and decided to pursue it further. In 2004 he started driving over an hour each way to take formal woodworking lessons. In addition to wood turning he also learned finished carpentry, which he loves but we don’t have the room to make right now. The turning is what really drew him, though, and it was then he decided he wanted his own woodworking business.
Two and a half years later saw him attending graphic design classes at the local community college, where he met yours truly. The business was slowly percolating in his mind, and he wanted to take a design course to help him make more artistic pieces, both in color composition and potential inlay/laser work for finished carpentry projects. The business took a back seat for a bit though. Time flies when you’re falling in love, apparently.
He really started working toward it again in 2008 when he applied for a business license and buckled down with a business plan and estimating expenses. That’s where he started drawing me into the picture. My mother owned a craft business when I was growing up, and my father went to college for business management – I wanted to see his dream become reality and had better experience in how to make that happen. So, I started helping with the business plans, estimating, and designing marketing materials. We did small farmer’s markets in the area and business by word of mouth, but we had trouble getting capital for bigger shows and really taking off.
Sadly, we got what we wished for in the worst way possible. In 2011 Dan’s grandparents passed away, and with some of the money left behind and his grandfather’s workbench we had the push we needed to grow. Dan uses his grandfather’s workbench at every demo we do. That money gave us the opportunity to start an online presence and get marketing materials, extra materials to make inventory, and paid for several larger shows that catapulted our local recognition. That, essentially, brings us to today.
Some Fun Facts about Mystic EYE:· Any product we make in pink donates 20% of its price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, even if we take a loss.
· We do shopping parties in NH, MA, ME, and VT either with or without themes.
· We love to work with really odd materials. Banksia pods, buffalo horn, acrylics with real coffee beans or other plants, and exotic woods. What other wood worker do you know that has glow in the dark stuff?
· We do graphic design for other businesses, such as D. Rix Creations and Carolyn E. Maul Enterprise, LLC.
· Live demonstrations make us super happy. We connect with people and teach them about what we do.
I LOVED learning about Dan and Tanya - I really hope you got a little inspired by the story and check out their store.
OH!!!! They have a chance to upgrade this AMAZING lathe that you see in the images above... it's getting a little worn down and they really want to keep doing the onsite presentations that they LOVE so much! I would consider it a personal favor if you took a moment of your time to follow this link and click "vote now" that's it... simple... but do it every day until May 6th! PLEASE! I would love to be a part of making this wish come true! https://www.loveourlocalbusiness.com/base/lolb2desktop?region_id=us&content_id=20617
To learn more - shop - or explore Mystic Eye Creations here are all the links you need!
We’d love it if people could Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/
or follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/mysticeyec).
We’re not too picky. J
Check us out in action! The process: http://www.youtube.com/user/
The website: http://www.mysticeyecreations.