Canadian teen’s woodworking business built on backyard trees

James Russell of Guelph, ON, has learned the value of repurposing urban trees at the youthful age of 17.

The teenage entrepreneur is the owner of Sawdust and Steel Woodworking, a business he created to craft furniture, charcuterie boards and other wood products out ash, maple and other woods salvaged from local backyard trees. Russell crafted the accompanying photo of a table and wall art featuring blue epoxy from urban black walnut.

Russell was recently profiled by Guelph Today, which noted that his passion for woodworking stems from when he made his mother a coffee table a couple of years ago.

As his business has grown, Russell has invested in equipment upgrades.

See more of Russell’s handiwork on Instagram.

Read the Guelph Today article.