2 Griffins was incorporated in 2004 by the father/son team of Vernon and Damien Griffin. Vernon has been involved in woodworking for over 25 years. Originally working as a construction worker for 25 years, he often produced commissioned works in his spare time, as well as creating Christmas and birthday presents for friends and family. "A lot of people would tell me I should go into business but I never thought the time was right. Then, when Damien graduated, he presented me with a business plan. I decided to retire from construction and take the plunge."

Damien earned his B.S. in Business Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and ended his pursuit of his MBA to come home and begin this venture. Vernon said, "I've always known he had a lot of business savvy, but what I was most impressed by was his aptitude for design and the attention to detail in his woodworking—that's a pretty strong combination."

2 Griffins take pride in their old-school approach to fine woodworking. They only create pieces that are individually made and one-of-a-kind, with hand-rubbed finishes. It is their hope that their work will be passed down from generation to generation. Their love of working with wood, the excitement of creating new designs, and the feel of a well-crafted piece are the cornerstones of their business. While they love creating beautiful pieces, their products are meant to be used—the Griffins believe each piece must serve some function in the home.

When asked about his approach to the business, Vernon said, "We formed this company with equal partnership in mind. However, I am and will remain the senior partner. Damien draws double duty: in addition to his woodworking he runs the administrative side of the business. If I had to put numbers to it, I'd say I do 50% of the work and he does the other 150%--I'd say that's equal". (Damien responded: "Obviously math isn't his strong suit, but what can you do?")

2 Griffins is also very proud of their charity work and has played an active role in helping fund raise for organizations such as Queenies Crusaders, the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation, MS, and others. Additionally, in support of the Arts, 2 Griffins donates their products to the ACC and Frederick Arts Council Fundraisers.

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