Sunday, March 23 2014, 09:50 PM MDT
Web Exclusive: Provo Craft
SHAUNA LAKE: The first thing I want to talk about is Provo Craft because that’s kind of the conduit that began everything else. Tell me what your interest is in that and why you started that company to begin with.
ROBERT WORKMAN: Well I didn’t start it, to put the record straight, my dad did in 1963. And in 1976 I came and started going to BYU, and I was going to be an elementary education teacher, and he needed some help at the craft store. So I started helping him, and I guess it was in 1978, I forgot to go to a music appreciation class because I had gotten so into retail and so into the craft industry, and that was the decision day for me. I learned that I loved working with people, had a little bit of a knack for retail, had a lot of a knack for product, and I think just the creative process was what was important to me. My mother was an artist. She taught at a community college. My dad of course was an artist because he had the craft store, and I actually grew up in Northern Wyoming. My parents were separated when I was about seven, and so I grew up in Northern Wyoming as kind of a Wyoming cowboy but still had a lot of art background, a lot of creative background. And so when I came down to work with my dad while I was going to BYU, he invited me to come in and work with him part time, and I just fell in love with it. It was history from there.
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