Name and Location:

Brenda & Tom Weber, Burnsville, MN 

What do you make?

Home & Garden Handcrafted Vintage Recycled Art and Restyled Jewelry

How did you get started? Who inspired you?

My creative business “Autumn Place Arts” has been going strong since the year 2000. 

Being a creative type, I enjoyed Shop and Home Economics classes in high school, however I consider my dad my best inspiration. Growing up helping him in his auto body shop, learning the profitable “tricks of the trade” of extending the use of what you have to work with. He is still loving what he does, and he’s amazingly talented! 

What is your favorite part of what you do?

Giving a “second life” to a large variety of tossed and found items. 

What is the least favorite part of your maker process?

Tom would say cutting all the silverware pieces and bending petals for his recycled silverware garden art. My least favorite  part of our business would be cleaning the greased rods before Tom welds the flowers to them.  

What is a day in your life like?

My life appears be a constant “bounce” of finding, cleaning, recycling,  designing, pricing, showing, and the best part...selling, of course! 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not busy making?

Ah yes, we get constant reminders that we “work” too much. Explaining that our profitable hobby looks like work to others (which it is) is also a enjoyable pastime for us.  With that said, we also take time out for boating, dining out, and spending time with friends and family.