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Meet Paul Adams of Adams Unique Wood Designs in Magnolia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paul Adams.

Paul, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started this in my garage as a hobby for stress relief secondary to my EMS career. I was involved in a LODD back in 1997 in which I lost my partner in an accident. I began by making my daughters hope chest for their graduations and just played around with it as I went. Fast forward I was asked if I could duplicate an end table and it turned out as such a close match I began building furniture for a local retail store.

I increased my work load and leased a larger warehouse for about a year but trying to compete against cheap production line work coming from other places was just too hard to keep my head above water therefore I came back to my garage and still work today. My dream is to one day be able to wholesale to stores or just have my own retail store but more than that to be able to finally retire from EMS.

I was never taught how to do this and I feel I’ve been blessed by the good Lord with the talent and I strive to improve and learn from each piece. I don’t want to build something that you’re selling or throwing to the curb in a couple of years. I want to build heirlooms that will be passed down for generations long after I’m gone. I do my best to take one day at a time and pray every day for a new and better door to open that will allow me to pursue my dreams even further. I do all custom work and my cliental is through fb and word of mouth.

Has it been a smooth road?
This has been anything but a smooth road. The cost has outweighed the profit and I’m still not where I dreamed I would be but what I’ve learned over the last few years is priceless and I hope to live long enough to pass it on to one of my kids or grandkids.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Adams Unique Wood Designs story. Tell us more about the business.
I do all types of custom work and have recently tried branching out into some remodel work.
Some of my work consist of bedroom sets, dining room tables, end tables, coffee tables, home decor, custom cabinets, closet remodel, sliding barn doors and the list goes on.

I’m proud of my work ethic and the man my parents created and I can only hope that I’ve made them proud. I take tons of pride and what I do and I don’t believe in building a cheap, poor quality product. Anyone can buy a production line product, or something off the side of the road, but I pride myself in the quality of my work and I truly feel you get what you pay for.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I hope to have a large shop where I can spread out and do more projects to sell to a store. I hope to be able to employee and few folks and help them provide for their families. Being a small business owner in today’s world is one of the hardest thing and I love to see successful small business as it gives me hope. Maybe even one day I can build and sell all over the state of Texas (although I have already sold to several different states).

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