Hi, I’m Pete. I make things, sometimes they are wood.
As a few of you may know, I have been making wood things for some years now. It’s pretty hard to nail down exactly when it all started, seems like a lifetime ago. I used to help my dad from time to time in his shop whether it was working on cars or building cabinets he was in the shop, and I wanted to be right there helping (getting in the way). Sometime while building ramps, painting cars, sketching home designs, failing at photography, discovering a love of pottery, the list goes on, the creative seed was planted and for anyone who has that same seed, you know that it's impossible to shake it.
I’m fairly certain that I would die if I wasn’t making something new on a regular basis. It’s a weird feeling actually, for anyone out there that gets anxious about any situation, you know the feeling. I literally become anxious if I haven’t made something or completed a project in a span of time. I think it’s genetic(I know nothing about genes), my father is the exact same way, there is always something to do, something to finish or something that needs fixing. Why rest when you can DO SOMETHING?
The Wood Studio(the parent company to Legacy Eyewear) has been my excuse to make. I’ve got a million projects stacked on top of one another. All at different stages of completion. From fine furniture to skateboards, to wall art, to the Dutchman(more on that later) and now eyewear. I’ve done it, you name it, I’ve probably thought about how to make it out of wood. Is it a sickness? Yep.
My first go at raising funds, unfortunately failed. "The Dutchman" was just on the cusp of achieving our funding goals, but alas, it wasn't meant to be(check it out on kickstarter). The Dutchman was pretty cool if you ask me. The failed Kickstarter proved to me that The Dutchman wasn't "the big idea", but it hadn't deterred me from continuing to make. Right around that time my daughter was born, and life took a radical shift(as you can imagine), but I still found time to get in the shop. The reason for being in the shop seemed to have changed, however.
So why Legacy Eyewear? As we grow, responsibilities change, people come and go in our lives, and ideas spark and fizzle. As an adult(apparently) with a little girl(the best thing in the world) I had a conscious shift of responsibility. You can’t fly by the seat of your pants when you’ve got a tiny person relying on you and at the same time you have to be a source of inspiration for them, something that they can hope to be one day. Nobody aspires to work a mundane 9-5 job where there is no chance for advancement, that’s not the person I’d like my daughter to grow up and see.
So this brings us to Legacy Eyewear. That sense of responsibility mentioned previously somehow coincided exactly with the fruition of the idea for wood eyewear. I had to make(force) myself to adhere to one idea and see it through to it’s logical end. There is no longer time for distraction, or half finished projects. I will make this succeed or fail, I will see this project through. Either way, I will instill the notion that you should follow your dreams, and try as hard as you can, even if you fail. Failing is alright as long as you know that you gave it everything you had.
It’s a strange shift that happens when you have someone who looks to you for everything. A sense of duty that I can’t truly put into words comes out of what seems like thin air. It's the greatest reason to create. My family is my Legacy.