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#MADEINIDAHO: If you make your wife a gift, it might turn into a business

Posted at 5:09 AM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 08:55:06-04

MERIDIAN, Idaho — DJ Rupert put his woodworking skills to the test when he decided to make his wife a chair. An Idaho chair.

With absolutely no professional experience in woodworking, DJ Rupert, has spent almost a decade perfecting his craft. He has the tools and the space, it's nothing fancy he'll admit, but it gets his project done, and done well.

Ashley Rupert, DJ's wife tells us that when they first met, DJ could hardly hang a hook in their closet. DJ confirms the struggle and admits he may have ripped out some drywall in the process. But this family doesn't let the hard stuff hold them back. In fact Ashley shares the family mantra, "you cannot say the word 'can’t' that’s a bad word at our house". With two little ones running around the house the Ashley and DJ practice what they preach... turning a "can't" into "can". Two months ago the Rupert's decided to start a side business called "R Wood Works".

The business came to be after DJ decided to make his wife a one-of-a-kind custom piece. A piece that pays homage to the state they were born in raised in. Understandably excited about her Idaho chair, Ashley shared her new gift on social media and it wasn't long before inquiries came their way.

It started with the chair but they've began to incorporate custom Idaho signs into the mix. They make everything by hand in their garage. It's a passion project turned family business and even though DJ has a full-time job, he loves having this on the side, "it gets me out of the grind of the 9-5 and I can go out and be creative, that’s what I like about it".

You can order a custom piece through their Instagram ( or Facebook.