Your voice, your projects, your shop.
While shopping with his new bride nearly 20 years ago, my coworker at Ryan Companies, Rolly Stevens, was disappointed in the high prices and low quality of commercially made furniture. So, he struck a deal with his wife’s grandfather, who had a small woodshop. Rolly bought the lumber, and Granddad taught him how to make coffee tables, end tables, and more.
Rolly’s woodworking skills became known at the office when he began to donate his handmade wooden toys for Ryan’s annual charity auction, and in 2017 he was approached by company leadership to build a model of the Minneapolis area. Working nights and weekends, Rolly spent more than 750 hours crafting more than 150 buildings, three bridges, a lock and dam, and riverfront out of paint-grade hardwood and poplar.
Now this beautiful model is showcased in the Ryan Companies’ front lobby for all to see.
—Katie Anderson Minneapolis