Has it really been 10 years? When Billy Would was born it happened like most events in my life, unplanned. There are so many reasons why I get to celebrate 10 amazing years, luck is one but definitely not the only reason. Because of this I feel I need to take a moment and recognize the forces that have made this possible.
When Billy Would first started, Vancouver felt fresh and eager to support the handmade movement. I feel like the timing to start making and selling sustainable design was perfect. Smaller craft markets like Portobello West were just starting to pop up. This gave locals a chance to shop year round and not just Christmas. For me it was a great way to test the market, figure out pricing, connect with retailers and hopefully make a little money.
Getting to be part of the maker crew is the best gang I’ve ever been in! (okay, it’s the only gang I’ve ever been in) The cross-Canada BFF’s I’ve made at shows are invaluable. We support each other, teach each other, share advice, listen, sympathize… the list is endless. There is so much love it almost makes you sick. Almost. Here’s couple of my favourite makers ♥ Frankenstrap Artech Identity Dconstruct Mariclaro Adhesif Abeego …
When I started working with wood there was no question about what I wanted to use. It had to be reclaimed. One of my very first and best suppliers of beautiful bits came from East Vancouver’s Larrivee Guitars. They’re so friendly and generous, it was always a treat to stop in and see the space. It’s definitely missed. All the broken skateboard decks come from our vibrant skate scene. A couple shops will save stacks too, this makes for exciting pick ups. The pile gets smaller during the rainy season for sure but gone are the early days when I would run out of broken decks. I’ve received (almost) more wood than I can use over these 10 years, it’s so great!
Billy Would simply wouldn’t exist without Mikey. For starters his awesome company provides the best workshop/studio I could ever imagine. For someone who claims to hate crafting, he’s the biggest supporter I know. Greatest dad, hubby and skater.
The nicest, most loyal, inspiring and fantastic customers ever! I really truly do have the best customers. You guys continue to inspire, support and encourage Billy Would beyond my wildest dreams. ♥ Thank you ♥