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Featured Shop: Solid Manufacturing Co.

Nov 23, 2015

by Alex and Dan Cordell

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Alex. My husband Dan and I own Solid Manufacturing Co.a home and leather goods company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Dan and I have been designing and building together for years. He learned to use a hammer by age two, and he hasn’t stopped building since. As for me, I’m a furniture designer; I studied at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. We started Solid Manufacturing Co. three years ago, at a time when establishing a business together seemed like the appropriate next step.

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Dan and I believe in the maker movement, the importance of community, and the need for high-quality, affordable products. We specialize in home goods that are modern, minimal, and designed for small-space living. I spend a lot of time thinking about the functionality and usability of our collection, while Dan is constantly trying out new products, materials and techniques.

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As a newly-married husband and wife team, designing and building together is a dream come true. We built our relationship in the woodshop, and over the years, we’ve added our shop dog, Cedar, to the family. Etsy has played such an important role in our journey as small business owners. From the very beginning, we knew the Etsy team had our best interests in mind. As Etsy sellers, we’ve had the opportunity to show at multiple national trade shows, while meeting other makers from all over the world.

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Solid Manufacturing Co. started very small and grew organically; each month has been busier and more dynamic than the last. Our ultimate goal is for our products to outlive our customers: we believe in the longevity of our collection, so we won’t sell a product unless we can be sure that it will stand the test of time. We hope to always give our customers an authentic, honest experience. We want to provide them with quality handmade products that will continue to improve with time.

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Photo credits (from top): main image by Solid Manufacturing Co.; maker photo by 2nd Truth Photography; process photos by Brandon Werth; iPhone stand photo by Solid Manufacturing Co.; process photos by Brandon Werth; wallet photo by Solid Manufacturing Co.; stacked stool photo by Taylor Tupy Photography; final photo by Canary Grey Photography.

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