NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH)-- Every year, businesses from around the country are recognized by Martha Stewart and her team for their American made products. This year a Connecticut business has been nominated and is looking to move on to the next round.
At Mystic Knotwork they go from the raw material right here to the finish product and it's all American made.
And made right in Matt Beaudoin's Norwich home. He is following in his grandfather's footsteps or rather his handiwork by tying these nautical knots.
"In the day and age where everything seems to be becoming mass produced and there's no love and everything is disposable, it's good to keep something alive that's been alive in this region for over a century and just to keep in growing," said Beaudoin.
Beaudoin's shared the talent with his wife Jill.
"Figuring out the initial knot took me weeks. It's a little tricky to learn," said Jill Beaudoin.
They've even passed it on to their daughter Christa.
"We clamp it down," said Christa.
A family hobby now a full-time family business.
"We have them in all different colors like two colors and we have some that have like satin on the outside," said Jill Beaudoin.
And this family is in the running to be recognized. Mystic Knotwork is hoping to win Martha Stewart's American Made competition. They just need enough online votes.
"You vote right here and then every single day you can vote six times," said Beaudoin.
Six times a day up until September 13th. A win could bring this business back to a shoreline studio like his grandfather's where Beaudoin tied his first knot.
"This is actually the same knot as this, it's just turned flat. So once you learn how to make the knot, you can do all different stuff with it," said Jill Beaudoin.
The top prize in the contest is $10,000 and that's just enough money the Beaudoin's say which could get them out of this home studio and get them into another studio over at the Velvet Mill in Stonington.
For more information, go to www.mysticknotwork.com.
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