It seems another week has come and gone, which means it's time to get to know another one of our Celebrate Local family members. Dan Wisniewski, Owner and Fabricator at D & W Elements, is a true craftsman. From furniture to art prints, his handcrafted, unique pieces reflect the amount of care he puts into each piece. Read on to learn about how he got started!
Q: What's the story behind your business, and how did you get started?
A: D & W Elements started in the middle of a bathroom renovation. Our walls were down to the studs, the floors were ripped out and pipes were sticking out from the floors. At this stage, my wife and I started shopping for a vanity. We looked everywhere for a product we liked and couldn't find anything that fit our vision. Since I'm an engineer working at a product design firm who also learned woodworking from my grandfather, I decided to design and build my own. My wife left for work to a pile of wood laying in the middle of the garage floor and when she came home we had our own simple, clean-lined open shelf vanity. I knew since we struggled there had to be a market for similar vanities that could be customized if needed.
Shortly after, I began experimenting with my other passion: designing unique artwork for print, canvas, and other media. I started with a focus on major Ohio cities because my wife and I were both raised in Ohio and we know the passion and local pride in these areas. The designs are printed locally and customizable. Also, keep a look-out for more U.S. cities coming soon.
Q: What makes your products unique?
A: I think what separates D&W Elements is the fusion of modern clean lines with inspiration and materials from the past. This is illustrated in our vanities that have a modern simple, open feel but still have a rustic rugged element. The same goes for our Ohio skyline prints, which take cues from vintage artwork with an updated modern spin. A new product, Ohio sheet metal signs, is inspired by vintage oil signs from the 50's and 60's. Many of our designs, such as our limited edition side tables and laser-etched coasters, also utilize locally-sourced reclaimed barnwood. I continue to look for new materials, create new products and find new inspiration. I am always open to new ideas, suggestions, and feedback from customers as well.
Q: What do you like about being part of the Celebrate Local family?
A: Celebrate Local is such a great place to be a vendor. The management and staff are always helpful and make each vendor feel appreciated and important to the store's success. The talent seen in the store is awesome and I feel really proud to be a part of such a talented group of local artists and small businesses. Celebrate Local does a great job supporting these businesses and promoting them to the public. I couldn't be happier to be a part of the Celebrate Local family.