The year is 2014. Robert and Sarah Dedinsky just celebrated one year of marriage and purchased their first home. Everything is going great until they realize that home ownership doesn’t come with a landlord. Robert knows very little about anything so he did the only thing he knew to do. He went to YouTube to find a video on how to *insert home repair here.* Once he watched whatever that video was, he came across a video about how to build a bench that was almost a half hour long. Ironically, it was a video by Keith Rucker, who is primarily a metal guy.
Robert watched that video and thought he could build something similar. (Ironically, Robert has not built a bench to this day!) One video led to the next, led to the next, led to the… You get the point. He watched a lot of content creators on YouTube and decided that he wanted to start collecting tools. For Christmas, birthdays, and other events, he asked relatives for gift cards and money that would go to tools and over the course of a few years, he was able to outfit his shop with a number of tools.
Fast forward to 2016. Robert was using the scroll saw to create small ornaments during Christmas time and other small items for the season. He decided that he wanted to make a small business out of his hobby, so in 2017, he launched the Cross Cut Creations business. As time went on and Robert’s interests and passions evolved and when he got his first lathe, he instantly found a new favorite tool in the shop. He started to turn small items, Christmas ornaments, a baseball bat out of pallet wood, and also started to make pens, where his passion lies today.
Robert really enjoys making pens and other items that are turned on the lathe. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pen, bowl, or other turned item, but Robert almost exclusively turns on the lathe and creates pen blanks out of resin and other materials.
Lately, Robert and Sarah have done a few craft shows and made some connections, but owning a small business has come with all sorts of learning experiences that they have come to learn and embrace. The journey has been an ever evolving journey and Robert can’t wait to see what is in store for him on his future endeavors in the making world.