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Nestled in her furniture design studio in Maine, Heide is living every maker’s dream. How did she make that happen? “I’ve had these amazing opportunities show up in my career,” she says.


Like the opportunity to design furniture for the Brooks Brothers headquarters in Seattle. Heide was working as a landscape architect, but she missed working with her hands. So she seized the opportunity to design the furniture – and fell in love with the process.

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Around the same time, she also fell in love with her now husband and business partner, Patrick, a self-taught carpenter. He was making a living with his hands, which made Heide think that maybe she could too.


After getting trained in furniture making in Maine, Heide and Patrick took over a workshop that gave them shop space plus income from renters. And they bought a 65-acre homestead, where they’re now raising a daughter. “I am proud of the fact that we have a small child, and we can support ourselves and her with what we do,” says Heide.

“Women in woodworking are incredibly supportive. We’ve all had the same experiences at lumberyards and hardware stores, so I love and value that.”

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Heide credits Patrick for keeping her grounded, and values the encouragement she’s received from other women in woodworking. What advice does she have for female woodworkers? “Know that the community of women is really strong and supportive,” she says. “Your people are out there. And you’ll be surprised by how willing they are to share their expertise, knowledge and experiences with you.”

Heide’s dream of making a living with her hands came true when she launched her design studio. Her furniture and housewares – made from hardwoods, leather, fiber and metals – are as functional as they are beautiful.

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Heide’s dream of making a living with her hands came true when she launched her design studio. Her furniture and housewares – made from hardwoods, leather, fiber and metals – are as functional as they are beautiful.

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