Welcome to Pleasant Ranch - a one-man wood shop located in Winooski, VT. I create small batches of one-of-a-kind wooden art, home décor, bar ware, kitchenware and furniture under the “Pleasant Ranch” brand. I also specialize in creating and installing fixtures, cabinetry and shelving for both commercial and residential customers.
With a couple of decades of professional experience in the music, media and design industries under my belt, I found myself ready for something new around 2012. I started by making a set of “cornhole” boards for my Dad, and soon after tried my hand at a “modern” birdhouse. Just for fun, I started an etsy site, put the birdhouse up there, shared it on my social network. Lo and behold, the birdhouse sold almost immediately! (Sold to a good friend’s Mom, but still!) I had caught the bug and became obsessed with all things wood-grained!
By 2014, I had spent two to three years watching every woodworking video on YouTube and interning here and there with my guitar builder buddies, learning many useful tricks of the trade. These luthier friends also provided an excellent source for small, yet exotic wood "off-cuts" that I could use for my small, crafty projects. I was accepted to the BCA Artist Market in that summer; by September I had left my "day job.”
Four more years of grinding out projects large and small in my unheated, one-car garage, and finally it was time to move into a REAL work space. In Jan 2018, I opened up shop at 150 West Canal St. in Winooski! This new space is nearly 3x the size of the garage, is fully insulated and climate-controlled, and located in the friendliest little city in the world!
I am very active on Instagram: @pleasantranch
What is Pleasant Ranch? Like, do you have cattle?
Pleasant Ranch is our ranch-style home and Pleasant is the name of our street. I credit my good friend Creston Lea with coining the term while he was on his way here for band practice.
I saw your Vermont bottle openers, and they are pretty sweet, but I want a Minnesota one. Do you accept custom orders?
Yes. I accept custom orders for almost anything wooden. I really enjoy them, because they force me to try something new. If you have an idea for a project, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's make something cool!
Do you engrave stuff?
Absolutely. Any of my products and can be engraved, either by hand with my wood burning pen, or by outsourcing my local laser shop. I can create, setup and print almost ANY image imaginable onto wood. Email me with your ideas!
When are you going to put up another YouTube video on your channel?
Argh! I know, right??? I am afraid that with my current density of orders, I am finding it harder and harder to release videos on any kind of schedule. However, I am working on a possible re-think of the channel, releasing more shorter videos that aren't necessarily "build" videos. Maybe some vlog stuff, tool reviews, drum solos, whatever. You can subscribe to my channel HERE.