Now that we are done with the events for this season, I have finally had time to sit down and reflect. Whew! What a year it has been!
First of all, I am so grateful for everyone who visited our booth at the different events we presented at this year. Many of you were returning customers and it was wonderful to see you again and to hear your stories of how our crafts have blessed your life or the life of someone you love. I cannot begin to describe the joy it gives me to bring the same to others through the art of wood inlay.
As the many conversations and stories have sifted through my mind and heart, it has become increasingly important to me that what we are about is, in a word, connection. For me, I find the most meaningful connections are face to face, and in the tactile exchange of handing over something special to you who sees in it that specialness as well. I like to say that each craft we make has someone’s name on it and when that person comes along, the item speaks to the one who should take it home.
So that said, as of now, we will no longer be selling our products in an online store format. After much research and attempts with Etsy and Square to name a few, I realized that the cost and time necessary for inventory, upkeep, etc. was somewhat prohibitive. I prefer to spend my time doing inlay and more importantly, interacting one on one with you.
Perhaps it’s a poor business decision, but I think it is more in keeping with our values. I’m not saying that we may not revisit having an online store down the road. And we will still have an online presence via our blog and social media. But you are much more to us than a faceless customer making a virtual purchase. We value you and consider you part of our family. And we are so grateful that you have chosen to become a part of the Lyndaker Inlay story.
Grandpa Ednor never advertised. His inlay work was featured in the local newspaper once and the rest as they say is history. His business was built via word of mouth and through relationships. He was not a wealthy man when he died, but he was rich in friends and highly respected in the community as a master craftsman and man of integrity. Carrying on his legacy is why we are here. Part of that legacy is taking the time to create beautiful wood inlay products. But it also about building wonderful connections with you.
So thank you for joining us on this journey. Like my grandpa, the door of my shop is always open. Stop by anytime. Or reach out to us via email or social media. (We’re not completely old school!) We’d love to hear from you.
Because here at Lyndaker Inlay, it’s about connection.