Milwaukee mom turns pandemic hobby into carpentry business

MILWAUKEE – A Milwaukee mom watched a YouTube video, picked up a hammer, and now has a thriving business.

Tonda Thompson finds peace in the hum of a circular saw.

“Working in this woodworking shop was therapeutic,” said Thompson, founder of She Slangs Wood.

Building functional furniture got this mother through the pandemic. She even had a mantra she repeated every time she walked into her now wooden garage.

“It was my way of empowering myself,” said Thompson. “I would say it every day. Boss, dusty little one. Every day.”

Thompson’s little helper in the store was also his inspiration after her 4-year-old jumped on the coffee table and smashed it. With limited inventory in stores, Thompson got into thinking.

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A Milwaukee mom watched a YouTube video, picked up a hammer, and now has a thriving business.

“All I had was Home Depot. I went out and bought some wood two by four and made a coffee table, ”Thompson recalls.

A DIY Youtube video and a dozen orders later, She Slangs Wood was born.

This self-taught carpenter does more than tables. She also built standing flower beds and even built her own garden fence.

Last month, she appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show.

The rapid commotion has become too big for his garage. Thanks to crowdsourcing, Thompson was able to buy a building on Burleigh. Next year, she plans to expand and teach other young girls how to “quibble wood”.

Thompson is forging his own path. The journey has not always been smooth.

Shannon Sims of TMJ4 first interviewed Thompson in 2016 after losing her first child. The loss prompted her to advocate for child mortality. His second blessing, Jehlani, was only 2 months old when he made his television debut on the Sunday show 414WARD.

Thompson admits juggling motherhood, advocacy, a two-by-four, and a new business isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.

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Tonda Thompson finds peace in the hum of a circular saw.

“The best part is having peace and joy, and having the power within me to do whatever I want to do,” Thompson said.

To learn more about Thompson’s business, visit www.sheslangwood.com here.

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