New Business a 'cut' above the rest

New Business a 'cut' above the rest

Jana Bookholt: from part-time bartending to full-time entrepreneur.

'I had never worked with wood until I took this course. I had bought a house that needed work and that's what led me to NSCC.'

Fast Fact

On the first night of her first-ever Halifax Crafters Christmas show, Jana sold out all of her cutting boards and had to make more for the weekend-long event

Jana Bookholt remembers the first time she sold her own work. It was the 2010 Halifax Crafters Spring Sale.  Newly graduated from the Cabinetmaking program at NSCC’s Pictou Campus, Bookholt had set up a display of hand-crafted products that included four cutting boards.

“I sold all of the boards and people asked if they could order more.”

More craft fairs and orders followed, and demand for her product was such that Jana realized she had to go full-time just to keep up. She quit a part-time bartending job and started her own business, Swaine Street Woodworking.

“I was amazed at the response for my cutting boards. I had never imagined I would be self-employed.”

Jana hadn’t even done any woodwork before enrolling at NSCC. “I always knew I wanted to work with my hands. Having access to the campus workshop was crucial because I learned the basics of using the machinery, which made starting this business possible.”

Now, Jana is looking to get her cutting boards, and her popular beeswax and rosemary and lemon polishes, into stores across the country. “This has really turned into a career for me and I absolutely love it.”

12/10/12

'I had never worked with wood until I took this course. I had bought a house that needed work and that's what led me to NSCC.'

Fast Fact

On the first night of her first-ever Halifax Crafters Christmas show, Jana sold out all of her cutting boards and had to make more for the weekend-long event

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