by Eric A Thomas
When people are furnishing a house or an apartment, often they settle for what they can find in the stores or online. It may not be the right fit, size or even match the other pieces in the room. We know what we want and in Jacksonville there is a guy who just might be able to help.
Shawn Lovekamp is his name and furniture building is his game. The name of his business is Lovekamp Workshop, Inc. “I took woodworking in high school for four years and loved it,” remarks Lovekamp, a Jacksonville native. “I developed it into a hobby but turned it into a career in April 2019.” He started making furniture in his garage but as word got out and testimonies of his craftsmanship spread, it was evident that he needed a bigger place. “A close friend of mine, Luke Wheeler, had a large building for sale. He kept trying to entice me with the thought of expanding my workspace,” continues Lovekamp. In March 2020, business really took off, averaging 6-10 orders a day sometimes. As the year went on and his business grew, he knew it was time to take the next step.
In December 2020, Lovekamp took the leap of faith and purchased that building from Wheeler. Located at 320 S. Main St., the 12,000 square-foot building offered him a big workshop area along with a showroom and a few other rooms. “I have been with my wife Ashley for almost 20 years, and it has always been a dream of hers to own her own photography studio. With the purchase of this building, we are one step closer to making that dream a reality,” he adds. This building offers room to expand the custom furniture business, but also will enable growth in the photography arena for his wife.
The custom work spans a wide variety of pieces. “I build a little bit of everything. Customers send me a picture of what they want, with dimensions and color schemes, and I’ll do my best to create that,” he states. Some of his pieces include table and chairs, dresser and bedroom furniture, entertainment centers, hall trees, living room furniture and barn doors. He also makes custom cornhole boards complete with special designs that fit the customer or logos of professional sports teams.
Many people have hobbies, and few are fortunate to turn those into a career, but Lovekamp is grateful every day to use his hands to make people’s ideas come to life. “God gets all the credit for blessing me with a gift of woodworking,” Lovekamp concludes. “My wife, Ashley, has always had faith in me when I didn’t have faith in myself. My family has gone above and beyond around the house so that I can spend time in the workshop.” The children love hanging out at the workshop and giving Lovekamp a hand. Lovekamp’s parents have been very instrumental with the children through the years.
Shawn Lovekamp and wife Ashley, a nurse manager at Springfield Memorial Hospital, make their home in Jacksonville with three children: Hunter (18), Ella (13) and Maci (11).
To contact Lovekamp Workshop, Inc., you may call 217-370-8208 or email at email@example.com. See samples of his work on Facebook by searching “Lovekamp Workshop, Inc.”