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This is my first attempt at a blog. I have a passion for writing, but its hard to pretend this blog was born out of that passion. I also have a passion for wood working, and it appears that I am lucky to work on both of my passions at the same time. Still, it would be a lie to claim this blog as passion driven. This blog is to drive content and viewers to our website, this website. Im certain this will turn into a passion, once I get comfortable and confident that I am not writing to only the great void- and lets be honest, this will only be read by any fans of my writing who liked my work enough to scroll down to the first blog post. So I figured why not be honest with you.

 

My name is Travis, and my lover // wife // business partner // creative designer is Al. That’s us below.

((picture))

We were married last year after 8 years of dating. We met when I was in grad school for history, her in undergrad for education. As lucrative as both of those fields are, its as if we both knew we wouldn’t use our degrees in a traditional sense. We lived, worked, and played as American kids on the way to a jobbie- but that day never came. Well, it did, and went, but we denied it. Al worked at a lighting company and I worked for a law firm in hopes of being a patent agent. We found our calling in Chicago- but it was never some bright flashing light that appeared as the marquee of an old time cinema. It was just us, imposing and grinding it to come. We forced our situation, and sometimes I believe that is really the only way.

We moved to Chicago in 2012 along with our friend and current business partner Nate. Nate is an environmental biologist and has a strong passion for wildlife, mostly fish. Honestly I think he just likes being dirty. Dirt under his fingernails, biologic elements stuck on him, smelling of the river, it seems to make him understand himself, or is part in all of “this.”

 

((Picture of Nate))

Nate came to us with an idea to start making our own aquaponic tanks (something we still do on the side). He wanted to bring his passion to people and eventually classrooms (he is currently in school to become a teacher and leave his post as a environmental scientist). So, being in the state or searching and yearning that Al and I were in, we agreed to give it a try.

 

((picture of the back room))

Above is a picture of one of the apex of our journey (we had many, when you know nothing of a subject, there are a lot of triumphs and AHA moments along the way- the influx of knowledge was overwhelming) This is us here with our first rotating lighting system for an aquaponic tank. It is in the back room of my 600 sq ft apartment in Chicago. We took this journey forward- we eventually created a table top version of an aquaponic kid, we partook in festivals and fairs, got a contract with CPS, and even received a provisional patent for one of our designs (no real patent tho).

((picture to the best jarden))

 

Eventually, we realized our collective passion was in building and wood working, not so much in the  fish, fish shit, fish clean up, fish death, customer expectation of us cleaning all of that up. *Quick disclaimer on Aquaponics* It is a robust scientific farming procedure, it can and may have fascinating cultural implications one day, but it is not for the faint of heart, it deserves and needs time, patience, and a sturdy biological background. It is an amazing application of natural science and may feed millions of people one day- we just did not have the passion needed for it and a half-assed effort is simply no effort at all.

Fast forward 2 years from our decision to shift from tanks to all things made of wood, and you have me, typing away to ensure someone sees us, our work, our effort, in this vast electronic world of online shopping.

Who we are today is a collection of our thoughts, wishes, passions, efforts, patience, humility, and sweat. We are not master wood workers. We will be one day. We taught ourselves, and continue to teach one another.

((pictures of our fav 3-4 products))

Al is our eye for what is hot and trending, she also is our eye for talent. Nate is the machine, one of those infuriating German machines that wont communicate with you until he feels his work worthy to show. Then there is me, some of both, some of other things. Together we create Big Fish Interiors. Where we can promise is our time and energy towards beautiful products. We only put out professional grade products, and our level of expertise grows by the day. So please, take a browse, keep us in your mind for your next product or project. What you see in this site are our products, we are always (and giddy about) customized projects.

Welcome to Big Fish, and thank you for welcoming me to the content driven world of internet sales.

This is my first attempt at a blog. I have a passion for writing, but its hard to pretend this blog was born out of that passion. I also have a passion for wood working, and it appears that I am lucky to work on both of my passions at the same time. Still, it would be a lie to claim this blog as passion driven. This blog is to drive content and viewers to our website, this website. Im certain this will turn into a passion, once I get comfortable and confident that I am not writing to only the great void- and lets be honest, this will only be read by any fans of my writing who liked my work enough to scroll down to the first blog post. So I figured why not be honest with you.

 

My name is Travis, and my lover // wife // business partner // creative designer is Al. That’s us below.

((picture))

We were married last year after 8 years of dating. We met when I was in grad school for history, her in undergrad for education. As lucrative as both of those fields are, its as if we both knew we wouldn’t use our degrees in a traditional sense. We lived, worked, and played as American kids on the way to a jobbie- but that day never came. Well, it did, and went, but we denied it. Al worked at a lighting company and I worked for a law firm in hopes of being a patent agent. We found our calling in Chicago- but it was never some bright flashing light that appeared as the marquee of an old time cinema. It was just us, imposing and grinding it to come. We forced our situation, and sometimes I believe that is really the only way.

We moved to Chicago in 2012 along with our friend and current business partner Nate. Nate is an environmental biologist and has a strong passion for wildlife, mostly fish. Honestly I think he just likes being dirty. Dirt under his fingernails, biologic elements stuck on him, smelling of the river, it seems to make him understand himself, or is part in all of “this.”

 

((Picture of Nate))

Nate came to us with an idea to start making our own aquaponic tanks (something we still do on the side). He wanted to bring his passion to people and eventually classrooms (he is currently in school to become a teacher and leave his post as a environmental scientist). So, being in the state or searching and yearning that Al and I were in, we agreed to give it a try.

 

((picture of the back room))

Above is a picture of one of the apex of our journey (we had many, when you know nothing of a subject, there are a lot of triumphs and AHA moments along the way- the influx of knowledge was overwhelming) This is us here with our first rotating lighting system for an aquaponic tank. It is in the back room of my 600 sq ft apartment in Chicago. We took this journey forward- we eventually created a table top version of an aquaponic kid, we partook in festivals and fairs, got a contract with CPS, and even received a provisional patent for one of our designs (no real patent tho).

((picture to the best jarden))

 

Eventually, we realized our collective passion was in building and wood working, not so much in the  fish, fish shit, fish clean up, fish death, customer expectation of us cleaning all of that up. *Quick disclaimer on Aquaponics* It is a robust scientific farming procedure, it can and may have fascinating cultural implications one day, but it is not for the faint of heart, it deserves and needs time, patience, and a sturdy biological background. It is an amazing application of natural science and may feed millions of people one day- we just did not have the passion needed for it and a half-assed effort is simply no effort at all.

Fast forward 2 years from our decision to shift from tanks to all things made of wood, and you have me, typing away to ensure someone sees us, our work, our effort, in this vast electronic world of online shopping.

Who we are today is a collection of our thoughts, wishes, passions, efforts, patience, humility, and sweat. We are not master wood workers. We will be one day. We taught ourselves, and continue to teach one another.

((pictures of our fav 3-4 products))

Al is our eye for what is hot and trending, she also is our eye for talent. Nate is the machine, one of those infuriating German machines that wont communicate with you until he feels his work worthy to show. Then there is me, some of both, some of other things. Together we create Big Fish Interiors. Where we can promise is our time and energy towards beautiful products. We only put out professional grade products, and our level of expertise grows by the day. So please, take a browse, keep us in your mind for your next product or project. What you see in this site are our products, we are always (and giddy about) customized projects.

Welcome to Big Fish, and thank you for welcoming me to the content driven world of internet sales.

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