At American Bench Craft we are a team of family and friends that always dreamed of finding a job that offered adventure, fulfillment and passion all rolled into one. We went to college, earned degrees, then spent our 20’s running in a million different directions chasing this ideal. We worked desk jobs, pursued film production, joined the military, joined the merchant marines and traveled the world. Despite all this, we still found ourselves searching for more.
We used to sit around a fire talking about how cool it would be to start a business and work together every day...only to go home at the end of the night and forget everything we dreamed about. In 2014, we finally made that dream a reality with the incredible support of our family, friends, and loyal customers.
Let’s Start From The Beginning…
In 2013, my brother Chris and I were working tiresome office jobs, and both of us wanted out. So, when Chris came up with an idea for a local web design business I was in, despite the fact that all I knew about computers was how to turn them on and off. We both quit our jobs, and as you can imagine, our wives were “thrilled”. About a month into that venture, Chris realized I wasn’t kidding about my lack of computer skills, and we agreed we needed to find something different.
My wallet had recently fallen apart at the seams, and I came up with an idea for a seamless leather wallet that used rivets instead of thread stitching. I pitched it to Chris and he jumped at the opportunity to start a new business that I could actually contribute to. We created a Kickstarter campaign, launched in March of 2014, sold over $20K in wallets in 30 days, and we were off and running. Next came a website, a few wholesalers, and we had an actual business...well sort of. We weren’t making any money and we were operating out of our parents’ garage, but it was ours.
Fortunately, we survived the winter of 2015 in our unheated “office space”, but our landlords (mom and dad) were growing tired of parking their cars on the street. That spring, we moved the shop to a basement office in downtown Reading, MA where we continued to grow.
In 2017, one of our best friends Eric, a Merchant Marine, was home on leave for a few months. Chris and I knew we needed help, so we put together our best pitch and it went something like this:
“Hey Eric, you should come work with us at American Bench Craft. We have a claustrophobic workshop in the basement of an office building, with dim lighting and no windows. We work 80 hours a week and make less than unpaid interns. What do you say?”
He was sold. He joined the company, took over sales, and picked up a few of our biggest clients in his first 3 months. By June of that year, we outgrew our dungeon office and moved the shop to a much larger space in Wilmington, MA.
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In the end, American Bench Craft is a team of brothers, family and friends who love coming to work everyday where we get to be creative, solve problems, and work with our hands. We make products we need or want, and then we put them to the test with everyday use. Whether on our daily commute to the shop, a weekend trip to the lake, or a trek along the southern coast of Iceland, our products get us outside living life and doing the stuff we love.
We were our first “customers”. Then we sold to family and friends. Then they told their family and friends, and slowly the word spread. Before we knew it, we had a small business built off the support and word of mouth of our loyal customers. Our products have been sold all over the world to customers ranging from urban professionals, to seasoned hunting guides, and everything in between.
We are now and have always been so thankful to every customer that joins the American Bench Craft family.
Stylish enough for the office and rugged enough for the outdoors, our products are built for ANY FRONTIER