Peabody, MA -- For over 30 years Ingrid Jochimsen, who lives at Brooksby Village, has been producing and selling fine woodcrafts in Massachusetts from best materials available. What began as a project for a school fundraiser years ago, has now become a living for Jochimsen.
"I spend many hours at my workshop making all kinds of wooden items," said Jochimsen. "Wood is a natural product and therefore cannot be reproduced exactly. As a result, each product is a unique work of art."
Jochimsen makes large and small boxes each one designed a bit different. She sells them both locally and nationwide in stores across the United States. Currently she produces her crafts in a space in Peabody Square. Prices range from $15 to $60.
Born in Germany, Jochimsen came to the Unites States in 1964. While caring for her young daughter at home, she looked to woodworking as a means of giving her creative urges an outlet and also maintain contact with other people her age. She first made small wooden Vikings which soon gave way to small figurines. Word soon spread of her talent and people requested more and more items. Suddenly her business took off.
"I have made thousands and thousands of boxes over the past 30 years," said Jochimsen. "I average about 500 a year and always love when I come up with a new idea. When I can't get to Peabody Square Brooksby Village has its very own complete woodworking shop so I am able to work on projects here too which is fantastic."
Brooksby Village in Peabody is one of 18 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 90 acre campus is located in Peabody, MA and is home to more than 1700 residents.