We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristopher Kirkpatrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristopher, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Suits are uncomfortable and cubicles make me crazy. I simply wanted a job that allowed me to live life on my own terms and hang with my best friend Butters (Boxer dog).
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Quality material, clean lines and simple design. Thats the trick. There’s really no way around it. You simply cannot build a quality product without quality material. With live edge furniture trending the last few years, my secret has been consistency. There’s an old adage; good work ain’t cheap, and cheap work ain’t good.
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.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I rarely leave the farm. The barn is my sanctuary. A 4,000sqft workshop located on a 20 acre flower farm is where I call home. When I’m not working, you can find me in the field repairing water lines, farming, and drinking beers. We farm everything from CBD Hemp to sunflowers and even pumpkins during the winter. If friends were in town, no doubt we’d hang at the farm; build a bonfire, shoot guns, and do some wheeling. Sure, if they came from the east coast we’d have to make a token trip to the Carlsbad village for a beach day and dinner at Fresco 264. Once the jar of shine kicks in, no doubt we’d find ourselves at Harrahs casino. A glorious Indian casino just down the way equipped with a full sized lazy river and swim up bar.
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?
America gets all the credit. Since I was a boy, I’ve been infatuated with the American dream. Contrary to what we hear in the news these days, the American dream is alive and well. I think if more people were less afraid of failure, we’d have a lot more innovation in this country. I fail all the time, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Shoutout to our armed forces for creating and maintaining the land of freedom and opportunity.