13 October 2013, by gj
Stories of everyday people successfully following a passion are so uplifting, and this one is happening not far from our neck of the woods.
Meet Vincent Suozzi, a middle school Physical Education and Health teacher in NY. He also happens to have been in the landscaping business for over 30 years.
One day while tediously weeding a garden the idea of Edward Scissorhands came to mind. “Why not have a weeding tool that was attached directly to the hand?” he thought.
Now like many people, Vincent didn’t pursue it beyond that point. It was just about a year ago that his son Stephen and his college roommate Gee Tae encouraged him to get a prototype made. The result is the “Ring Weeder”, so named because it is worn like a ring over a gardening glove.
Now I won’t go into how wonderful this product is, and it really is.
It simply makes weeding, especially in tight spots, so much easier and faster. It has received a heck of a lot of positive attention, and was very successful on Kickstarter; a suggestion made to Vincent by his other son John.
But I’m not here to push a product, but rather to tell you the story of an everyday guy who, with the help of his sons, put himself out there to make gardening just a little bit better.
It takes a lot of time and work to design a product, apply for a patent, raise the incredible amount of funding such a project requires, and get the product to market.
Many people have great ideas, only a few put themselves out there and pursue them.
I admire that.
And there’s a bonus:
When I asked Vincent why he named the company Angel Tool Co., he told me the story of the passing of his 15 year old dog, the love of his life.
He named the company for her.
Yeah, everyday people. They’re awesome.
Oh, by the way, if you are interested in getting a ringweeder you can preorder one and get 15% off on the very first production run the end of this month at Vincent’s website: The Ring Weeder.
They make great stocking stuffers too, jus’ sayin’.
Watch how it works here.
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