Friday, March 21, 2014
So I should start out by letting you know who we are and how this all started. In 2006 Char happened into a bead store and came out signed up for a class in chainmaille. After a few classes she took a glass bead making class and at home started playing with the beads and weaving the sterling silver chainmaille into the designs. It was painstaking at first and she asked John his opinion on each design. Shortly after starting Char had given away so many pieces she wanted to sell a few to recoup her silver money and make more. That's when she found Etsy, the online market place where created her first shop www.charouellette.etsy.com in 2007 and opened Forgeron in 2011. Char worked full time as a high school librarian and with the success of Forgeron was able to retire and devote all of her attention to her businesses in August 2012. All this time John was a building contractor running his own business for years and joined Char full time in January 2014, after retiring from his business. We sold our home and relocated in Sisters Oregon. John now helps run Forgeron Tools and Jewelry Supplies and has taken over all of the shipping. Char lovingly refers to him as THE Forgeron "Ship Head". LIFE is good!