Blogging about ShoeSwirl

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Round ShoeSwirl prototype
Round ShoeSwirl prototype

I never thought I would be writing a blog, I didn’t even know what blogging was until about a year ago, and now I’m writing my own. It’s a little challenging considering that English and Writing was never my strong suite in school. Luckily my daughter Ashley is going to college and is able to help me edit and write some of these blogs from afar.

Well anyway, back to me. My hobby is woodworking and my idol is Norm Abram. I love building and fixing things. Our house was originally an old, run down, and little house that I re built and tripled in size. I have also built many pieces of furniture for our house, including a computer desk, a chair, and an entertainment center. All these pieces of furniture were made from red oak trees that I cut down, and then had taken to the Amish to saw into boards. It takes a lot of hard work and time, but in the end it’s rewarding to see the finished product and know that you made it with your own two hands.

  I am sure we are just like a lot of other families, a wife, two children, and a closet full of shoes that looks like a disaster zone. In attempt to keep our house clean when we entered the house, we would put our shoes in the closet as soon as we walked in the door. Soon the closet turned into a heaping pile of shoes and it became impossible to find one, let alone its match. One night while my wife and I were out shopping we came across a shoe storage cubbie. We thought that this would be the answer to all our problems and that our shoe nightmare would be over. We were very wrong, the shoe cubbie worked great for flip flops but when you tried to fit a regular shoe or dress shoe in there, it wouldn’t fit. In order to get one of my shoes in a cubbie hole I would have to tilt my shoe in a funky direction and only one shoe would fit.

 This irritated the heck out of me and one day I just lost it, I went out to my workshop and started coming up with new ideas to solve our shoe issues. My goal was to just build a nice shoe rack that would fit nicely into the closet. After taking some measurements, I realized that this closet was as deep as it was wide. This meant that I could get two rows of shoes in the closet. The only problem was that I couldn’t figure out how to get to the shoes that were in the back. I sat down one evening with paper and pencil and started drawing.  I then remembered that I had an old swivel in the garage that might work. Luckily for me I am a bit of a pack rat, if something looks like I might be able to use it someday I’ll hang on to it. This time it actually paid off, I mounted the swivel on a 30 inch round piece of scrap wood, and started building the first Shoe Swirl.

The first one was pretty crude but it worked, the closet was organized and the shoes were easy to get to. I then dropped a buck and went to the lumber yard to buy some melamine, (particle board with a plastic coating) to make a nicer version, with a few changes to the design.  I was finally done and the final product was great. It solved all our shoe problems and everyone that came over loved the idea. Many people mentioned I should get a patent on it, little did I know that something that started as a simple idea was about to turn into a business.


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