Hi from Little Big Workshop!
We are two mum’s (and sisters!) from Melbourne who have not only grown up together, but have also worked together for the last ten years in the corporate world. We have had ideas for years but nothing ever came of it. Then we were both on maternity leave at the same time and decided, ‘it’s now or never!’. We wanted to create a business where we could use our passion for design and craft and came up with the idea of a bespoke signage business – hello Little Big Workshop!
The only problem was…where did we start? We knew we wanted to work with wood and acrylic and we only knew the very basics of what a CNC machine could do. We were tossing up between a laser machine or a CNC machine but the CNC came out incredibly cheaper for the needs of our business.
We had previously looked online at CNC machines for sale and had also seen a home built CNC. All of these looked like very cheap machines that could be more trouble than anything else. We were lucky enough to come across BG Precision and found out about the small format CNC machines. When we met with Barry, he demonstrated the Axiom machine and showed us that a small format CNC could do everything we needed to do and more. When we first saw the Axiom CNC, we were very impressed. It was sturdy and very well built as opposed to the machines we’d seen earlier – and it was pretty with red accents!
The initial demonstration looked complicated – so many buttons, so many things to remember to do. But Barry clearly explained exactly what we needed to know to create the products for our business. He gave us a demonstration of some of the things the machine could create and we started to get excited because the possibilities for our business were starting to form in our minds. We decided to go ahead with the AR8 machine and we just needed to wait for delivery of the machine!
In the meantime, we had a training session with Barry (while both heavily pregnant) and we brought along some projects that we wanted to make. There were some basic signs, etching of our logo and a puzzle. The training really got our ideas flowing and we went home and started designing different products we wanted to make.
We’ve now had our machine for about 6 months and we’re so happy we decided to go with BG Precision and the Axiom AR8. We launched our website about a month ago and we’ve been building our social media – we just hit 1,000 followers on insta! We now make wooden and acrylic custom signage for birthdays, babies, weddings, children and home decor. Some of our most popular products are our Wooden Name Puzzle and Birth Plaque and can be found on our webshop https://littlebigworkshop.com.au/
We’re still a new business but we have every confidence that our business will continue to grow and we will become leaders in the custom signage market with our Axiom CNC machine! Watch this space…
❤ Lely & Lien
Little Big Workshop