Doug Haley, the owner of Fine Wine Caddy, grew up in Kentucky on his family’s dairy farm. He went to Eastern Kentucky University, graduating in 1977, and began his career as an artisan. The self-taught woodworker started his life with woodworking operating a small sawmill for a few years. He progressed to working in a custom furniture shop in Stanton, Kentucky and began to hone his skills. After a few years, Doug felt that he had enough confidence in his woodworking skills to venture out on his own. In 1985, he moved to Berea, Kentucky and opened his custom furniture shop.
Fine Furniture to Fine Wine Caddy
“I worked in a custom furniture shop a few years before opening my own custom furniture shop in 1986 in Berea, Ky. After building furniture for 24 years, in 2014 I began a new direction — designing and making a smaller line of functional products for the kitchen, home and wine lovers.”
Fine Wine Caddy Embraces the Future
“My best advice to other artisans? Your work must be unique and branded. It takes more than talent in woodworking; you must know how to create and market.”
Got Mountain Life will continue to feature Appalachian artisans as a part of our commitment to keeping the arts and traditional crafts of Appalachia alive and well. Check back often for new updates and be sure to check our events calendar for arts and crafts shows, fairs, and other events.