We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Krezeczowski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsey, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Jon and I started “The Rustic Craftsman” with a vision of building and creating upscale, custom farmhouse and modern farmhouse style furniture and high end river tables. Having finished several projects for our own home, we decided to put our tools and garage space to use and start a business. With that vision in mind, Jon taught me most of what he knew of working with the various tools and with wood while we completed projects together. He has the analytical/engineering background, so designing, measuring, and building are natural to him. While he still worked a 9-5 job as a Sales Director, I wanted to come up with my own way to contribute to our new business venture, I knew I wasn’t going to jump right into pouring river tables by myself, but I figured I could definitely make some pretty neat charcuterie board to have some smaller offerings for customers. Little did we know how successful the Ocean Boards, Ocean Tables, and Wall Art would be! So, while Jon and I run our business together and plan to do more larger projects (i.e. River Dining Tables and Barn Doors, etc), the bulk of our new business is with my resin work for the time being. It’s been an amazing adventure so far, to say the least and our vision for our business has changed, but in an exciting way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the main thing that sets me apart from other resin artists is the fact that I hand cut, carve, shape, and create my own boards and I like to explore different color palettes. I have seen a lot of amazing boards and some great resin work, but very rarely a combination of the two in the style that I have created. I definitely take pride in the woodworking aspect of my business because it sets me apart and I truly enjoy it. I believe that my creative background in marketing helped me to see an opportunity and watching and learning from other artists, I was able to fine tune my technique, but retain a style that is unique. I have always had a desire to create, but never really found an outlet for all of that creative energy. I discovered some of Rivka Wilkins and Ann Upton’s art, and having grown up by the ocean (Daytona Beach, FL),I was instantly attracted to resin as a medium, simply because of its realistic wave effects. I’ve really learned to give myself grace when I don’t get a piece just right and to continue challenging myself with new designs and colors. For example, I love ocean work, but I am also enjoying the geode style art pieces and plan to do more texture work and mountain inspired pieces in the future as well. I suppose the most important thing that I’ve learned is to follow my own muse, as they say, and not to compare myself too much to other artists. After all, its what my customers say that really matters.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Typically when we have friends in town, we like to head to Midtown first. I love Brenner’s on the Bayou and recently discovered Bosscat, which was super cool. I also love the drinks at Anvil Bar and Refuge, though they’ve changed a bit since I first visited back in 2011, and of course, if you can catch an Astros game, (pre-covid) that would always be worth checking out! I love the Museums and the Zoo for family related outings, but mostly, I like to explore Houston and try new things. I’d say that we have a few “tried and true” places, but love checking out a new spot that has gotten great reviews- and thankfully, in Houston, there are a lot!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The person that I would give a shoutout to is definitely my husband, Jon. Not only did he teach me what I know about woodworking, he has been incredibly supportive throughout the entire evolution of our business. Together, we have three children, so growing this business has been wonderful, but it also makes things a little tricky when there are only so many hours in a day to take care of it all. Jon is my number one supporter, encourages me, keeps me grounded and helps me know when to step away and just be me for a little while. For that, and for being an awesome Dad, I’d say he gets a pretty good amount of credit.
Professional Photos by Brittney Ellaway of Ellaway House Photography Staged product photos by Lindsey Krezeczowski