Charleston is one of a kind; Bill Hussey is one of the ones keeping it that way. A woodworker by trade, Bill is bringing us back to the artisan community through his handmade doors and innovative workshop plans. In the business of making doors for almost 20 years, he finds it gratifying to see his work on the front of homes all over Charleston.
Naturally, Bill is a huge supporter of buying local, explaining that “a craftsman can tell you and show you exactly what you need,” whereas in a superstore, you’re often left to figure it out yourself. Shopping this way also stimulates and strengthens our local economy.
Bill is also in the process of opening a communal workshop to house anywhere from 4 to 15 various craftspeople.
“Charleston has always had a craftsman here, but now there’s not really that many spaces that are set up to cater to it and allow them to thrive and to grow.” The Workshops at Howard Heights will allow people to grow and establish their businesses, while educating locals about their work.
A huge hope for Bill is that North Charleston will progress into “this little hub of bustling little businesses.” Bill is working to create a community that provides for and supports each other in Charleston.
“If you can hire the guy down the street instead of the guy from California to do the same job, it’ll benefit the economy and help attract more people to Charleston...and keep new ideas coming that are just going to continue to make this a good place.”
Thanks to Bill Hussey and the Workshops at Howard Heights, this city is about to get a whole lot more handmade.
Words by: Charlotte Stack
Photographer: Adam Chandler