Shaker Woods Shakerwoods Festival Columbiana, Ohio
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Bard & Moat: Farm Grown Furniture

Twenty years ago, Sam Bard and Kevin Moat were professional ice skaters for Holiday on Ice. Today, they’re successful entrepreneurs in Clyde, Ohio.

Sam and Kevin started Botanically Built 15 years ago literally from the ground up. Culling from their six acre farm, they make rustic twig furniture and dried floral decorations. They create the furniture from sticks and use the end bits for wreaths. Their inventory includes small chairs, benches, love seats, wreaths, swags and more.

“First, we used all kinds of wood to make our furniture,” Sam said. “But our customers really like the curly willow, so we started planting curly willow trees on our farm.”

He added, “In our local area, everyone comes to us when they need a floral arrangement.” Items come in different sizes, shapes, designs and prices and can be delivered to funeral homes, hung on walls, for display purposes or as decorations. The average twig wreath, for example, is 24 to 36 inches, while larger ones are up to 5-foot by 6-foot.

The full-time farm florists enjoy making custom pieces for special occasions and gifts. The duo encourage customers to provide their own materials. One customer brought in an antique ironing board, which Sam and Kevin beautifully decorated with silver flowers for a bridal shower. A gift for a farmer, on the other hand, included wheat.

Their flower garden is so large that they regularly sell excess inventory to local florists. Sam and Kevin also started a Christmas open house, which has become very successful in the last few years.

A native Ohioan, Sam earned a bachelor of arts degree in floral design and greenhouse management from Ohio State University and previously worked at a greenhouse. Kevin is from Northern England.

Having exhibited at other craft shows, they’re excited to be at Shaker Woods for the first time this year. Visit Sam and Kevin at booth 75.

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