Raisin’ Grain is a family owned and operated custom woodworking business.
Raisin’ Grain offers superior quality products at a competitive price, to proudly display your military memorabilia. Each project is as unique as the service member's career. The attention to detail crafted into every project highlights and emphasizes the achievements and accomplishments of the individual service member.
Our Mission is to offer the most unique and creative designs on the market, with a quality that is untouchable by our competitors.
Our Vision is to be the leading competitor, who is an inspiration and role model to other woodworking businesses.
Ownership & Structure:
Raisin' Grain Custom Woodworks is owned and operated by a Husband/Wife Team. The company's legal structure is Sole Proprietorship. The company's two founders, Billy and Brandi Knox, are co-owners with equal shares of ownership stake. No outside investors are involved in this company.
Billy Knox is the Operations Manager of Raisin' Grain Custom Woodworks. He is in charge of building all of the company's projects. He is also in charge of the computerized image design of all products. As a Chief Builder in the U.S. Navy Seabees, Billy has 24 years of training, experience, professional knowledge, and technical expertise. He takes the customer's dream and brings it to life.
Brandi Knox is the Design Consultant and Administrative Manager of Raisin' Grain. She is a Business Major with a concentration in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She uses her skills and knowledge to help customers decide on the perfect design idea for their product, before turning the ideas over to Billy for him to bring to life. She also maintains the company's website, conducts market research, advertises and markets their products, as well as all other administrative tasks.
They both use their creative abilities and work together as the company's Design Team, to create the most unique and creative designs on the market, with a quality that is untouchable by their competitors. Billy and Brandi are both responsible for Customer Relations and Satisfaction.
Raisin' Grain began as a hobby. Billy has always enjoyed tinkering with woodworking projects. He became well known around the military community for his woodworking skills. It wasn't long before the military commands on the base he was stationed began asking him to make 'going away' plaques, centerpieces for the tables at the Navy Ball, and other military related woodworking items.
Once he started making items for the command, others on base started asking him to make shadow boxes and flag display cases to display their personal achievements and military memorabilia. From there, he started getting requests for Retirement Chests and other large objects. There was a big demand for his custom woodworking products and the wheels began to turn in the couple's heads. They decided they could actually start a custom woodworking business, instead of just making a few items as a hobby.
Then the question arose. How do they get from hobbyists to business owners? Since Billy already knew how to produce the products, Brandi decided to learn the administrative side of the company. Their dream was for Billy to do the construction work, while Brandi ran the office. He'd be the 'brawn' and she'd be the 'brains' behind the operation.
Their combined efforts brought them to the successful launch of their little business. Although the company was still small and operating out of their family garage, their dreams were big. Within the next two years, they planned to have a large, fully functional workshop, an office space within the workshop, and a showroom to display their products.
Billy’s retirement from the US Navy relocated the couple to the sleepy little town of Mountain View, MO, where they operate the business from a large workshop located on their property. There is also a designated office space in their home, for Brandi’s administrative work. However, the product showroom is still a work in progress.