About Our Business
Max Bloom's love of woodworking and his daughter, Jodi Barclay's, love of needlework,
resulted in the unexpected development of Bloom Woodworks. Over the years, Bloom
Woodworks became a family enterprise.
Max is an experienced woodworker who has been practicing his craft for many years. It's
hard to remember a time when Max was not involved in a woodworking project. Max's
design and craftmanship is visible throughout their 1900's farmhouse from from the kitchen
cabinets to the fireplace mantle. Drawing on his background of mechanical engineering, Max
designed and built his first cradle when he learned he would be having his first grandchild. As
additional grandchildren came along, Max designed a cradle for each family. Each cradle is
unique, reflecting the family's style and interests. Since those first cradles, Max has received
commissions for other cradles. The designs are the result of close collaboration between Max
and the customers and the cradles show the hours of careful craftsmanship Max invests in his
work. Max prefers to work with walnut which has been harvested from his farm in central
Iowa; however, most pieces are also available in cherry.
For years, you never saw Jodi at rest without a piece of needlework in her hands. She stitched
for family and friends and expressed herself through the creation of needlework. Jodi joined
various needlework groups, meeting people across the world through this common interest. In
the beginning of 2006, Jodi provided her dad with a cardboard heart and asked him to make a
similar threadkeeper from wood for her stitching friends. The smooth shapes and varying
colors from the grain of the wood resulted in a piece of art that could be used everyday. This
was the unwitting beginning of Bloom Woodworks. Because Max likes to keep busy in his
workshop, Jodi takes care of inquiries from her home in Wisconsin.
Since 2006, Max has designed numerous threadkeepers, drawing on his own inspiration and
the requests of customers and friends. Additionally,
Max has created several other items with needlework
lovers in mind. As demand grew, family participation
increased. Max's wife, Carolyn, began pitching in.
Carolyn became familiar with all aspects of the business,
from cutting the designs, to finishing the delicate pieces.
When a customer expressed an interest in a painted
threadkeepers, Max's daughter, Lisa Bloom, was
recruited to contribute artwork. Today, Max's
grandson, Noah Barclay, has joined the team; providing
tech support. Other family members step in from time
to time, helping with travel and sales, when Max and
Carolyn participate in needlework events across the country. Bloom Woodworks has truly
become a family affair including three generations of Blooms.