July 2, 2024

Engler student turns wood scraps into start-up business

Video: Scrappy Woodworker

Seth Wright, a junior in the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, has turned an interest in woodworking into a start-up venture.

The idea for Scrappy Woodworks grew after Wright learned how to use equipment in the Nebraska Innovation Campus workshop. After his first project — building a set of cornhole boards — Wright started to practice woodworking techniques on scrap boards around the shop. The work led to him upcycling the scraps into drink coasters, picture frames and cutting boards, which he has started to sell.

“I just made something small and just to have fun, right? And it actually turned out pretty cool looking,” Wright said. “I sold it to a friend and thought, you know, I really could make this a business.”

Wright continues to expand the sustainable wood business, with hopes to offer furniture in the future. Watch the video above to learn more about Wright’s journey and entrepreneurial spirit.

Learn more about the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, which is part of UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.