We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Lebon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, why did you pursue a creative career?
My plan was to always pursue woodworking on the weekends, and work a 9-5 job, but during shelter in place, I spent three months in my garage, and realized woodworking is my passion, and that I’ve gotten much better at it over the years
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets my art apart from others is that mine is mostly all handmade. I don’t use machines to cut out my designs. I use a scroll saw, and a mix of other machines. I think that the personal touch you get from the imperfections can evoke a lot of emotions. I have been fortunate enough to have been woodworking since I was a kid, but it wasn’t until I found my woodworking community (#scrollsaw) on instagram that I really brushed up on my skills. Sometimes learning a new skill can be extremely overwhelming for me, but I’ve learned to overcome by practicing new techniques, and listening to others for advise. My goal ultimately is to make something that I love just as much as you do.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I think if me and my best friend had a week to hang out we would probably find ourselves in south lake Tahoe. Probably just sitting on the beach with cold drinks and barbecue. I would be content with that for a few days. Maybe take a special trip to La Victoria in San Jose to pick up some burritos and some orange sauce!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife has been the most supportive person since I’ve gotten started. Her believing in me, and this business, gives me motivation everyday.
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