The smell of hardwood furniture and handcrafted candles fills the air at Springfield’s newest business, Forged Woodworks.
Peyton Maas is the owner at Forged Woodworks, which began two years ago as a home-based business but recently opened in a public space at 631 1st Street.
Maas was a senior in high school when he began the home-based phase of his business.
He started woodworking when he was 10 years old in the garage and his passion for handcrafting furniture has grown since. He said tables are his specialty and he makes those more than any other piece of furniture.
“I like being creative, seeing something in my head and making it, “Maas said.
Maas will do custom work in addition to his creative pieces.
He said he will go to a customer’s home to take measurements and see the style of the house to determine what size and style table would be best for them.
“I’ll come back to the shop and send them a sketch from my computer and then we go from there,” Maas said.
He said business is picking up to the point where he is looking to hire part-time help at the shop to handle the demand of customers.
In addition to the handcrafted furniture, Maas’ mother, Gina Maas hand-makes candles and soaps with scents ranging from Tobacco Fields to his newest candle, Shave and a Haircut.
Maas said he tries to be in the shop Wednesday through Friday starting at 9 a.m. Otherwise he is out getting materials for his next wood project.
Those interested can see examples of his woodwork on Facebook and Instagram both under Forged Woodworks.
Customers can reach Maas at 402-972-6540