Duluth woodworker turned her scrap lumber into a business and artisan hub

A few years ago, Anna Bailey, Duluth, was at a crossroads in her life. No longer working as a church music director and praying for answers on what to do next, the self-described DIYer decided to build some chairs for her patio. Little did she know that it would lead her to an answer.

“I was making all this furniture and designing all of this furniture in the garage, which was doing well, but I had a lot of leftover scrap lumber … and I didn’t want it to go to waste,” said Bailey. “And so the scrap lumber on the ground became my next project.”

As Bailey built and designed furniture in her garage, a laundry sorter that she made and then shared on Pinterest became popular. Soon she was thinking of ways to keep up with the demand. Her laundry sorters were selling but she wasn’t inspired to

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