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Hays man says new business a walk of faith

1/21/2014

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

egolden@dailynews.net

Using Facebook as his primary source of advertisement, Josh Hunter created a reclaimed sign business, The Mustard Seed: Reclaimed Wood Designs.

Reclaimed signs use wood from various rustic locations, including old barns and sheds.

"I try to only use reclaimed woods," Hunter said. "I have a lot of friends that live in rural areas of the county that have old barns and old sheds. They're most likely tearing them down, so I have no problem getting a load of reclaimed wood anytime I want."

The Mustard Seed specializes in custom wood signs and projects made from reclaimed wood.

"I will recreate whatever people request," he said. "I've done a lot of Scripture verses."

After Hunter finds the wood, he said it's just a matter of finding the pieces to fit someone's request.

"I do a lot of wood signs for the homes," Hunter said. "It's just sanding, routing, whatever you need to do, add some design element to it.

"I like all my stuff to have a weathered look, so I get it sanded down to the surface and add paint and stain or whatever the client is requesting."

The idea first came to be when he married his wife.

"It was a dream of ours to own a business in Hays," he said. "But with the trials of life and children and everything, we had to put it on the back burner."

He said the name of the business is based on a parable in the Bible.

"Matthew 17:20," Hunter said. "If you have faith, even as small as a mustard seed, you can move this mountain from here to there.

"When we first got married, we were worried about how we were going to do this and all that. It's been a blessing from God that we're staying busy."

Throughout the past month of business, he's sold more than 36 reclaimed signs.

"About 90 percent of our sales are placed through the Facebook account," Hunter said. "I've had a couple from Chicago just request a sign, so that's exciting and scary. It's not just in Hays, Kan., anymore. It's neat how social media can really help a business start."

In the future, he said he hopes to see his signs in a store or own his own storefront downtown. He also plans on selling at the downtown Hays market this spring.

For more information or to order a sign, contact Hunter at TheMustardSeedKS@yahoo.com or visit him on Facebook.