Tomasz Ciurka - Polish artist and woodworker living in Cracow, famous internationally for his geometrical pattern animals.
Size of business
This was a hobby for a very long time, so the beginning was relatively easy.
The biggest support for Tomasz was his father, who is a woodworker himself and provided Tomasz with tools and skills needed.
Opportunities and plans for the future
Tomasz is planning to broaden the scope of his products – for example the furniture with the same geometrical pattern. At the same time he doesn’t want to his company to expand – he thinks of himself as an individualist and doesn’t want to hire new employees. He prefers to make his works exclusive and more expensive to have the clients who pay more and not to have more clients.
Pitfalls and challenges
The biggest challenge for Tomasz was finding his first clients. After putting his work online it took almost 3 weeks to find the first buyer. The sales were low for the first months, until he attended some fairs and promoted his work.
The real turn of events happened when Tomasz put his works at an international handcraft store: etsy.com and wrote an article on the boredpanda.com. After that a lot of clients from around the world started to order his wooden animals.