Rob and Zoe Bocik left the 9-to-5 rat race six years ago to pursue their dream of milling lumber and crafting furniture, jewelry and other products from local trees otherwise destined for the chipper or landfill.
The story of how the St. Petersburg, FL, couple founded Funktionhouse Urban Lumber & Furniture was recently chronicled by the Tampa Bay Times. According to the article, Zoe, a cancer survivor, quit her job as a fire department administrator and Robert was laid off from his insurance agency job. With no prior woodworking experience, they researched and built a coffee table from salvaged urban wood and the seeds for a new career were sewn. Since they have devoured all of the books and videos on woodworking they could find as they have honed their craft.
Zoe told the paper, “We’ve sacrificed our entire lives to do this work,” but also says, “I’ve never been happier.”