Made In Iowa: Woodworking hobby turns profitable for retired Cedar Rapids man

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Kyle Patrick, 64, of Cedar Rapids, has long had an interest in woodworking.

“I’ve been doing woodworking as a hobby my whole life,” he said. “I think I was inspired by my grandfather who always seemed to have a project going. I would watch him work and ask a million questions. I even have a few of his tools and use them regularly to this day.”

His tools have started getting more use these days, as Patrick started Twin Pine Adirondack, a business to create custom built outdoor wood furniture. Adirondack chairs — mostly made from cedar wood — are his specialty, but Patrick claims you tell him what you want built and he’ll figure out a way to build it. Now a regular at local farmers markets and craft shows, Patrick is thoroughly enjoying his hobby turned passion project.

Q. So is Twin Pine Adirondack a full-time job for you now?

A. I retired from West Music, where I was sales manager, a little over a year ago. At that time, I started doing this as a full-time occupation during the summer months.

Q. If you had only three words to describe what you do, what would they be?

A. Design, build and market.

Q. Where do you find your inspiration?

A. I subscribe to several woodworking and “handyman” magazines. I take what I find there and try to improve and innovate from those designs. I also get lots of ideas from the people I meet at the farmers market and other events. Some of the ideas I hear are great ... some not so much.

Q. What’s the best part about being a crafty/creative person?

A. The people I meet, especially the other vendors at events like the farmers market. They are such lively, creative and outgoing people that I just love it.

Q. Do you remember the first woodworking project you ever tried?

A. In junior high shop class, I made a cutting board in the shape of a pig and gave it to my mother. I don’t want to say how many years ago that was. I still have it today.

Q. When you become rich and famous for your work, then what will you do?

A. Buy better tools and spend more time listening to live music.

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