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Meet Eileen O’Dea and Ryan Silverman of The Wooden Palate in West LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eileen O’Dea and Ryan Silverman.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. Ryan was running a whole home woodworking business when he met me (high end floors, staircases, custom pieces) I was a personal chef, teaching cooking classes and yoga instructor. I asked him to teach me woodworking and wanted to start making wood pieces for the kitchen. We started with cutting boards and salt cellars and gifted a few to his clients at the time. One of his clients was Jennifer Anniston, she ordered multiple boards and salts cellars for holiday gifts right away and The Wooden Palate was born.

The Wooden Palate has grown to include trays, bowls, cups, utensils, even jewelry and continues to grow every day with pieces for the home and kitchen. We are inspired by the chefs we work with like Thomas Keller and Author Zabala. We are lucky to work with gorgeously edited stores like Garde in Los Angeles and wonderful customers everywhere. And we continue to grow every day with our whole home side Studio E&R as well, designing large furniture and beautiful floors.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? It is always a struggle running a small business. Managing 20 employees, covering payroll, educating people on why our pieces are expensive. We are not getting rich on anything we make. We pay a premium on everything. Rent in LA, Insurance, good employees that have been with us for years, quality wood. It takes days to make some of the pieces that we sell. We actually just break even on some things.

I always try to support small business and educate others on why we should do so. It’s good for us, It’s good for the community. We started our company because we were so sick of a disposable society. Be thoughtful about purchases instead of a quick crappy Target or Ikea purchase you will throw away in a couple months. Buy more heirlooms.

Ryan and I have to remind ourselves that it is always a roller coaster and never smooth, but we must persist 🙂

The Wooden Palate – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition? We are handmade in Los Angeles wooden pieces for the kitchen and home. We take down entire trees and slab them out to make large tables down to tiny bowls, trying not to waste any part of the tree.

We are proud of everything we do. Handmade. Made in LA. Using all parts of the tree. Small business

What is “success” or “successful” for you? I define success as getting the job done on time and making the customer so happy they cry 🙂

Contact Info:

  • Website: thewoodenpalate.com
  • Phone: 310 866-3116
  • Email: thewoodenpalate@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @the_woodenpalate
  • Facebook: thewoodenpalate
  • Twitter: thewoodenpalate

Image Credit:
Evangeline Lane
Dave Lauridsen

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