For pet owners, kennels are a useful item when their furry friends need to be tucked away. As useful as they are, these pieces of furniture can look out of place with the rest of a home’s decor. Such kennels can seem cheap, in part because of their construction of materials like plastic, nylon or even metal wiring. Lacking both form and function, cheaply made kennels may not last as long as expected.
Kennels made from stronger materials tell an entirely different story. Wood, for example, can offer a look and durability meant to appeal to buyers. In central Tennessee, kennel manufacturer Wooden Goody’s supplies the local market with such pet crates.
The company is owned by contractor Monteon (Monte) Jones, who builds kennels that look and function like other furniture. Originally from Tennessean, Monte moved to Rutherford County as a teenager. “I’m from Nashville,” Monte told Murfreesboro Voice. “Later I bought a house in Murfreesboro as an adult.”
Moving to Murfreesboro gave Monte the space he needed to start a family. A father of two teenagers, Monte’s hobbies include spending time with his son and daughter, exploring the outdoors and helping others where he can.
In 2014, Monte discovered the hobby of woodworking as a way to relieve stress. Diving into woodworking, Monte’s imagination sparked one idea after another of what he could do in his garage. While Monte tells Murfreesboro Voice he had several great ideas, the idea of building wooden dog kennels stands out above the rest. An animal lover himself, Monte was disappointed with many pet kennels he would see on the market. Knowing he could do better, Monte put his creative skills to the test.
“Previously, I made tables out of pallet wood. I thought a dog kennel could be something different,” he recalls the first kennel he built.
Making the first kennel for himself, Monte took pride in his work. He posted photos of the kennel on a Facebook group for residents of Mt. Juliet. Impressed with his work, strangers began contacting Monte to inquire about purchasing their own kennel. After that first batch of order requests, Monte knew he was onto something.
“I got better and better as I made them. Eventually, I found my own little style and my own technique. It helps buyers instantly recognize one of my kennels when they see it,” says Monte.
The Wooden Goody’s concept was born in late 2015 and launched in February 2016. Monte was encouraged to go into business after thinking about the legacy he would like to leave for his children. Since then, Monte has made a variety of items for a rabid clientele.
“The company has grown by leaps and bounds. We are currently on a 12-week waiting list for products because there are so many orders to fill,” says Monte. He adds: “I am grateful to have built a name for my work.
For Wooden Goody products, Monte likes pine wood. “Pine is great for kennels,” he explains. “It’s lightweight, it’s inexpensive, and you can get it in many places.”
Monte says the pine also gives his products a rustic look, which complements the homes of many Wooden Goody customers.
The company has been supplying the region with wooden kennels for five years. But as the name suggests, anything made of wood can be a “wooden candy”.
Monte says, “We can make just about anything our main products are pet furniture, but we also make kitchen tables and other household items. Along with the type of product, Monte’s skills have also expanded. Recently, he experimented with casting epoxy resin into some of his wooden furniture. This resin has become a popular video topic on social media over the past few years due to its ability to replicate a colored glass look.
While he can’t reveal too many details, Monte’s future as a carpenter looks pretty bright. Wooden Goody’s has completed commissions for notable celebrities. The company is expected to be featured on a nationally broadcast television show.
Monte’s work is also diversifying. Instead of just building household items out of wood, it seeks to build entire homes.
He says, “I plan to build a small community of homes on 12 acres that I purchased years ago in Holladay, TN. This will be a fun project, and anyone who wants to follow it is invited to follow Wooden Goody’s Facebook page.
For more information about Wooden Goody’s, feel free to visit his website and social media.