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If you’ve spent any amount of time on ttrpg Twitter, you’ve probably seen the gorgeous round dice boxes with colorful and magical epoxy patterns created by Staff and Branch. I am delighted to introduce you to today’s guest, Tim Carlson, the owner of Staff & Branch and maker of these dice boxes. Snagging a box for yourself is an elusive goal, as he’s usually sold out within minutes of his bi-weekly restocks. Tim never intended this to be a full-time business, but we dive into how he got started with Staff and Branch and how it’s grown into a successful business in less than two years. You’ll get insight into the construction of these boxes, his thoughts on Etsy, and more.
Before we get into the interview today, I wanted to share this really sweet review I just got on Apple Podcasts! Reviews are one of the best ways to support a show, as they tell the algorithm gods that a show is worth promoting, and more people can find it. This review is from LuLuinWA, and they say:
“Entertaining and inspirational
I am really enjoying this podcast so far. I’ve only listened to a few episodes but I really enjoy the “behind the scenes” view at some of my favorite ttrpg’s creators. It is entertaining and inspiring. There are so many podcasts out there and I have a limited amount of time to listen and I am happy to add RPG to my commute podcast rotation.”
Thank you so much Lulu! Reading this really made my day.
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Thanks for sticking around, and I hope you enjoy this conversation with Tim.
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Time Stamps & Screenshots
- 00:00:00 Introduction & Updates
- 00:03:06 Tim Introduction
- 00:07:53 How did you get into woodworking?
- 00:12:18 Starting a business selling dice boxes
- 00:22:22 Balancing material costs & investing in your business
- 00:29:55 Design Process
- 00:38:31 Restocking the shop & build process
- 00:44:54 What has been the most challenging part?
- 00:47:47 What has been the most rewarding part?
- 00:50:16 Why Etsy isn’t the best choice for a storefront
- 00:57:32 Where can people find you?
- 01:00:03 Wrap-up
Affiliates mentioned in the show
- Friday Afternoon Tea
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- Dice Envy
Dice Envy creates beautiful dice in a variety of materials. Use lightheartadv for 10% off your order
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