Local couple turns love of wood carving into business

Kristina Strauss wanted to find a way to work and stay home with their five girls. After she bought her husband, Fred, a lathe in 2001, she decided to take it up herself, and kept practicing.

Posted: Mar 11, 2018 8:24 PM
Updated: Mar 12, 2018 1:14 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A couple in Fort Wayne turned their love of wood carving into a business.

Kristina Strauss wanted to find a way to work and stay home with their five girls. After she bought her husband, Fred, a lathe in 2001, she decided to take it up herself, and kept practicing.

She made the wood carvings while being blind in one eye.
 
"I was born that way. It was a birth defect," Kristina Strauss said.

But her disability hasn't slowed her down.

"Never let a handicap hold you back. You can still do anything you set your mind to," she said.

From wine stoppers and pizza cutters, to duck calls, the Strausses find peace in their work. Fred collects and cuts the wood from land they own, and Kristina brings it back to life.

"They're unique, and a lot of people want to get gifts for people that are hard to buy for. This is something that most people don't have and no two are the same," Kristina Strauss said.

Some scrap pieces can be used for things like pet bedding. What can be used for a work of art is finished and sold from their business, F & K Designs.

"Even the sawdust gets used. I got people that come and get that and they make wood pellets for stoves out of it, so nothing goes to waste at all," Fred Strauss said. 

No wood is wasted, and the days are spent doing what they love.

The Strausses also do embroidery and laser wood work. Their work can be viewed on their website. 

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