Live Wire Farm was featured on Re-Nest about a year ago, but we thought we'd check in again this year. Raw birch candles, cherry and maple wood cooking utensils, napkin rings, and hooks are some of the items offered through the Timber collection from Live Wire Farms. The raw, simple designs are made mainly of extra pieces of wood collected from the property or converted from the extra branches of trees that were cut down for firewood. The hooks have a such a wide appeal that they're used in Twitter's headquarters, Sweet Green Restaurants, the Eco Suite in the W Hotel and in countless homes and small businesses. The first pieces were created out of necessity for personal use, but after they caught the attention of family and friends the business of selling them to a wider audience was born, and the entire family pitches in. John collects the wood and make all of the items, his wife provides customer service and takes care of shipping, their son is a website designer (and whose home was recently featured in Apartment Therapy's new Small Spaces book!), and their daughter is a photographic stylist with a photographer husband. Their collective talents are evident after a quick browse of the website. The Robohms have also kept bees for over 40 years and they sell honey through the site. Additionally John offers electric fence repair (hence the name "Live Wire" farms). The pieces and honey can be purchased through their website and range from $10 to $50.
We have always been interested in the environment and conserving energy and I enjoy fixing things rather than throwing them away (thus the electric fence charger repair side of things), working with wood and generally being active. In retirement, we have been able to seek out and act in ways to focus on those interests. We have kept bees for almost 40 years, have two grid attached wind turbines, solar collectors for heating our hot water and pasture cows on our fields each summer. In addition, we manage our woods to promote the growth of healthy and desirable trees. All in all, we keep nicely busy.
- John Robohm