Come one! Come all!
Welcome to the first post of the HandyGent! I have finally decided to start my own blog. What do I have to offer, you may ask? I am a man who creates. I thought folks may enjoy a Craft Blog from a man. Simple as that. The journey I want to take you on involves my various craft projects, home improvement adventures, organization, and tools.
First off, my name is Max. My wife, Alli, is the best and most supportive spouse one could ever hope for. Keep an eye out for her guest posts! I am thinking about calling them “Wifey Wednesdays.”
Our two dogs are our pride and joy! Hank and Sadie are the best Brittany dogs you will ever come across! No bias here! They are the inspiration behind our business name. They also come with us to many of our craft shows. Without them, our lives would be pretty boring. They even have their own instagram account which has more followers than I do. Their Instagram.
In 2013, I moved to Charleston, SC. I was working on renovating historic houses in the downtown area. This is when I seriously became a home improvement geek. I learned as much as I could and was able to overcome the fear of attempting a project I have never even thought about before. I learned how to work on plumbing, electricity, remodeling and many other things. While working , I began to find little broken pieces of porcelain in the ground and under the house. I soon realized that these were little shards of history. The houses I was working on were all over 100 years old and what I was finding was old broken china from past residents which they had discarded into midden pits in the ground. Most of it is pre 1900! And thats when the crafting seriously kicked in.
I started making jewelry out of it all. I was finding so much china. Over the next two years, I expanded from making just necklaces. I now make bracelets, rings, cufflinks, hairpins, and so many other things! My wife and I started calling the business Breton Trading Company. We began selling at local craft shows and continue to do so. I am always working on new ways to use the historic china.
Another thing that came as a result of my work on the old houses is my love of reclaimed wood and materials. I love how the old wood looks when given new life in new ways. I love upcycling!
I do hope everyone will enjoy following me along my journey. I plan on posting about my crafts, my wood projects, home improvement endeavors, and any other adventure I find myself on. Thanks for reading!