micro-enterprise

A drum set made by Risen Drums

Growing up, Risen Drums founder Keith Anderson was used to hearing this family mantra: “Passion runs the world.” Read More

From left, Jackson Schwartz and Joe Limpert at the Hennepin Made studio in Minneapolis

There’s not a lot of opportunity in making glass unless you start your own studio,” says Jackson Schwartz. “If you work for somebody else, it’s a small-scale environment, so your role is basically an assistant or production manager. There’s one or two levels you can move up, and that’s as far as you’re going to get.”
 
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Hans Early-Nelson deals in what he calls “untold value.” A welder, blacksmith, and the founder of Primitive Precision, he transforms found objects into everything from meat cleavers to drapery rods to custom wedding bands.
 
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Sign painter Dan Madsen likes to take it slow. 
 
“In the world we live in now, everyone wants something really fast,” he says. “They don’t care what their sign looks like because they just want to open up.”
 
Madsen prefers the old-fashioned form of hand-painted signs. “A hand-painted sign has a timeless look,” he says.
 
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Krista Stout, owner of KVS Letterpress

"I have no background in design or printing,” admits Krista Stout, owner of KVS Letterpress. “I had never even heard of letterpress printing until seven, eight years ago.”
 
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