This summer, meet some of the local small business owners who are participating in Shop Fisherson the This is Fishers blog. We sat down with Michael Cook, founder and owner of Fishers Woodworking, to talk about his business and what he has in store for Shop Fishers. 

smiling family in front of water

Fishers Woodworking

Shop online at https://fisherswoodworking.com/
Deal: Get $100 off any BBQ table with code SHOPFISHERS. 

Michael Cook has lived in Fishers since 2013. It wasn’t until the pandemic, though, that he realized his woodworking hobby could become a successful business in his town – and it all started with a custom BBQ table. 

“I had a Big Green Egg ceramic smoker, and I decided that lugging it in and out of the garage every time we were using the grill was a bit of a pain,” Cook said. “So, I built a custom table for it here, just on my own.” 

His creation happened to catch the eye of more than just his family. 

table with grills Fishers Woodworking

“I had neighbors that saw my table, and they said, ‘Hey, could you do that for us as well?” Cook said. “And so, slowly, I started to – just through word of mouth and marketing – gain more and more customers in the subdivision, and slowly started growing it to a point where it became a full business.” 

With that, Fishers Woodworking was born. Woodworking wasn’t always the career Cook had planned for himself, though – in fact, he went to college for television and radio. And, after spending five and a half years in the Navy as a combat photographer, he worked in advertising and marketing in Fishers and Indianapolis. 

“I just picked this up as a side hobby,” Cook said regarding his present career. “So, no – it was never intended to be a full-blown business. But, like it or not, that’s what it became.” 

Being a first-time small business owner presents its challenges, though, and has definitely provided a learning curve for Cook. 

 “This is the first business that I’ve incorporated on my own, so everything has really been trial by error. I’ve learned a lot along the way, and there have been challenges, but I think it’s how you grow and learn from those challenges that makes a positive impact.”  

Even with obstacles, however, owning his own business is a thrilling experience. 

“Every day is something new,” Cook said. “Not just in terms of woodworking and the orders that come in, but as far as running a business and getting business insurance and all those things. It’s all new and exciting.” 

The Fishers community, Cook said, has been incredibly supportive of his endeavor. 

“I love the community of customers that Fishers has brought my way,” Cook said. “To be able to make products and provide products to my neighbors and friends that live in the community has been awesome.” 

Cook is excited to participate in the Shop Fishers: Summer Series and hopes the community will come out and support local businesses like his own. 

“This is my second time doing Shop Fishers and the first time was great,” Cook said. “We had folks that used the code and I hope they do that this summer as well.”

table with wheels Fishers Woodworking

The Shop Fishers: Summer Series starts Saturday, July 16 and lasts through Saturday, July 23! The week-long celebration of small businesses features deals and promotions from over 50 Fishers shops and restaurants. Learn more and see the deals at thisisfishers.com/ShopFishers.

Q&A

Neighborhood: Avalon of Fishers 

Favorite Local Restaurant: Anything at The Yard, especially Sun King 

Favorite Local Park: Ritchey Woods

Favorite Local Business: Art by Lucas (his middle son, who is part of Biz Kids at the Fishers Farmers Market every Saturday) 

Favorite Way to Spend a Saturday: Sitting in the courtyard near Sun King while playing cornhole and board games with his family