We had the good fortune of connecting with Kara Bass and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kara, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Making and selling my wooden creations has taught me so much, but One of the most important things it’s taught me is to be patiently persistent. Growing up, people always told me I was patient so I believed them. Not to say it wasn’t true, but I think since I’m easy going and adapt fairly quickly to change, It was easy for me to be “patient” in most circumstances. Since I’ve started wood working and pursuing it as a vocation, I feel like it’s tested and refined my patience on so many levels. Whether something goes wrong with a project, or I have to backtrack and redo something because I’m just not satisfied with the finished piece, or having to learn a new skill for a custom order that I decided to take on, almost everything to do with woodworking involves patience and persistence! As an entrepreneur, it’s hard to imagine getting by without both patience and persistence. It takes both of these traits to start and grow a business. I invest so much time and energy into my small business, and it takes a lot of persistence to keep going, especially when I’m my own boss and I have no one else to really keep me accountable. Waiting for your hard work and persistence to pay off takes a lot of patience as well. My business has grown so much since I’ve set out to pursue it full time two years ago, but it still has a long way to go to get where I want it to be. I’ve been learning to celebrate the little milestones along the way and the character it’s building in me as well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m excited about what I do! The fact that I get to create and people want what I make is so rewarding. I feel like my work is unique because I can incorporate multiple crafts such as painting, woodworking, and epoxy resin pours into my pieces. I’m always open to custom orders and to try new things. Some of my favorite items I’ve made usually incorporate painting and scroll sawing. I don’t own a cnc machine so every piece I make is hand cut, sanded, painted, and finished by me. Even though it’s a little more work, I feel so proud at the end of a project and seeing how all the little details come together to make a final product. I’ve always loved working with my hands and being creative and I think I’ve always known Deep down that I wanted to own a business. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave a job in management that I liked and produced a steady paycheck, but I knew that if I never tried, I would always wonder what could have happened and the thought of feeling regret seemed more scary to me than the risk of uncertainty. The challenge of uncertainty is still something I struggle with, but I look back at where I was two years ago and can’t help but feel proud of the skills I’ve learned, the hard work I’ve put in, and the growth I’ve seen in not just my business, but in myself. I still get excited every time I see a sale come through and I still feel excited and hopeful when I think about the future of my company. I’m learning I can do big things even if it takes lots and lots of tiny steps.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living in San Diego is so much fun! Some of my go to spots and experiences to take visitors are:
-hiking at Torrey Pines
– local breweries: Helix, Ballast Point, and Stone are a few of my favorites
– water front dining at port side pier
– watching the sunset from the cliffs in Jolla
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My dad has been a huge help whether I’m bouncing woodworking ideas off of him, borrowing a tool, or asking for help because I need a second pair of hands on a project. I can think of a few projects that may have never been complete if he weren’t there to help me so I owe a lot of thanks to him!
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