Business works with veterans to create custom items



By Lisa Trigg

The small business run by veterans creates custom wood and metal work. Chicken coops, sheds, playhouses, playground structures, even a tiny house are among the handmade items they have made.

“I got started because I wanted to work with veterans directly,” said owner Mark Smith, a former Army medic who served in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, and moved to Brazil in 2010. A native of California, Smith said he chose to relocate to Indiana to be close to a friend who is also a veteran. His background is in non-profit work and the arts, but he got into woodworking and making portable buildings to have something to do with his hands.

“There is a therapeutic quality to using your hands and creating something,” Smith told the Tribune-Star. “I feel that woodworking works for veterans. It seems to be a good fit.”

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