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Meet: Power Designs

Power Designs is a sibling duo that grew out of a love of hobby woodwork. Mary-Ellen and Graeme Power are proud Canadians from Halifax, and love to spread their prideful work across their beautiful country.

Each piece is handmade with love just for you. Their wood is carefully selected and handpicked to embrace the notches and wood grain. Imprecations is what makes each piece unique and special.

We spoke with Mary-Ellen to learn more about how Power Designs started, and what is next for this creative sibling duo.

What inspired you to start your business? We both enjoy working with our hands and creating; it’s something that comes natural to us. Graeme had been woodworking for a few years before I started, with a focus mostly on poker tables builds for friends. I was inspired to start woodwork after discovering a large community of women woodworkers through social media. At first, we just made things for ourselves but then we graduated to gifts for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, and more. It wasn’t until friends and family suggested (repeatedly) we sell our work that either of us had even considered to start our own business. We finally made the decision to open a Facebook page and that’s how it all began!

What has been the most exciting thing you have experienced to date since starting your business? The most exciting thing we have experienced is actually something that we experience almost every day - and that’s our clients’ reactions to our work. Their excitement and joy of seeing their custom piece is something that never gets old. 

What can we expect to see next? Our work is mostly custom so almost every piece is like a brand new product - but we do have a few ideas up our sleeves that I think our clientele will love.  We are also looking to expand to a bigger work space within the next year. 

Mary-Ellen and Graeme make beautiful pieces. In addition to the custom maple cutting board they made for Nova Box, they make furniture, accessories and décor for your home. It’s incredible to see what they have created from their workshop in Graeme’s house, and I can’t wait to see what they can do as they expand their business!


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