Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Staves & Trent Eisfeller.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Trent and I both moved to LA in 2017 and were roommates. We’re both actors transferring from Chicago where we went to school. As broke actors, we wanted to save as much money as we could so we decided to build our bed frames. Eric had brought tools with him, so we slowly built furniture for ourselves. As people came over to visit and hang out they would always ask about the latest project and sooner rather than later we found ourselves building . . . more bed frames, side tables and storage solutions for various apartment nooks and crannies. That quickly evolved into tables, desks, record cabinets, credenzas and even cutting boards. We began to invest in ourselves and get better tools and equipment so we could streamline projects that we had been doing over and over. As time went on we found ourselves moving on from doing favors for our friends to doing custom projects for businesses. With that, we’ve found new and innovative ways to challenge ourselves to meet the expectations our clients have set.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Trent and I are best friends and we both feel very lucky and fortunate that we get paid to work with each other and that we’re the bosses! (Very convenient for actors.) We make a great team and balance each other out very well. Within that, however, the bumpiest parts of this job is that it is manual labor and when you’re working on a tight budget and mistakes happen, you lose money and time. There have been projects in the past where deadlines have come in direct conflict with our desired quality and standards. At the end of the day, when we drop off any piece of furniture or install any project there is no scapegoat or person to blame if the product isn’t to the client’s standard. A little piece of both of our hearts lives (and unfortunately) sometimes dies with each project. But . . . we do have a ton of fun together, and at the end of the day, that’s what keeps us going . . . that and the next tool we’re looking forward to buying, haha.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
We’re both artists in two different ways. The actors, and then the woodworkers, As far as woodworking, we pride ourselves on being able to essentially make whatever someone needs, custom. We don’t use pre-fab designed instructions for anything. We both sit down, draw it out, measure it up, calculate it, measure it again and then get to work. It’s all custom.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I would say our ability to consult and talk with the clients to find out not only aesthetically what works, but what functionally works. Tailoring our designs to each individual environment and what they need the most. We’ve built things for people who have had the same issue for years and the look of excitement and relief that it’s been fixed is highly rewarding. Listening and then advising are key to what we do.
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- Instagram: @breed_street_customs
Samantha Barrette (Logo) Breed Street Customs (project photos) Steven James Meidenbauer (Trent’s Headshot) David Zaugh (Eric’s Headshot)