Erik Organic is independently owned and operated by Erik Schimek.
Erik has been working with members of the Amish community since 2001. Prior to this, he taught high school technology classes and assisted in grantwriting for local nonprofits.
Erik strongly believes that a business must uphold its end of the social contract by being responsible to its customers, to the land, and to the community at large. He was reared on Midwestern values that stress the importance of hard work and doing right by other people.
Fortunately, this is made very easy by the fact that our furniture is created to such high quality standards. You simply can't find hand-made furniture created like this anymore: made in small family-owned workshops, created to order, handcrafted with pride and love.
Erik is currently busy exploring the greenbelt parks in Austin, Texas.
Gail has worked in the accounting field for nearly three decades, including customer support and problem resolution. She previously worked at the University of Minnesota as an accounts receivable specialist.
She now enjoys being Erik Organic's lead customer service representative. Family, friends, cats, good coffee and gardening are Gail's passions.
(Gail is also Erik's mother!)
John 'Sparky' Birrenbach
Sparky lives in his late grandparents' lake home which he inherited over a decade ago. His grandfather, like our craftsmen, built the home by hand from the late 50's through the 60's when they retired there. As the father of two daughters, John has always been a bit of a maverick and has many decades of small business experience, and understands the needs of our customers.
He's an avid fisherman who loves to hunt the elusive Muskie. When Sparky is not helping our customers you'll find him fishing for Muskie on the lake where he lives, from his canoe. We think he is a little crazy fishing for such a big fish in such a small boat but he knows what he is doing.
'Sparky' picked up his nickname from running sound and recording for local music artists. He is an avid fan of music of all sorts having learned to play guitar at the age of 7 he continues to play, record and meet and work with artists of all kinds. Complete with a recording studio in his basement he likes to take some time and just jam with whoever happens to come by to play. He has a long list of artists that he has met in his work and play like Bun E Carlos (Pictured to the Right With Sparky), Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam, Edgar Winter, The boys from Kansas, Chris Dorn, Johnny Cash, Grant Hart and many, many others.
If you are interested in furniture for your studio there is no one more knowledgeable on our staff than Sparky. He works with other studio engineers and has contact with some of the top experts in the industry, many of whom helped him confirm the design of his home studio.
Sparky and Erik have been friends for over 20 years.
Austin is a Texas native, born and raised in Lubbock, TX. Since he was young, he was drawn to creative expression. He studied theatre at Baylor University in Waco, TX, and then made the move to Denver, CO to be closer to Ann, the woman that would become his wife. In Colorado, Austin took several opportunities to perform, to develop his palate for good wine and good food, and to improve his health and well-being. The move to Austin was a long decision, but he and Ann knew that they'd find great things once they got here.
Austin still loves the chance to express his creativity through his theatrical endeavors, which have led him all over Texas, Virginia, New York, and even Ireland. He is very excited to be working with Erik Organic, where creativity, design, craftsmanship, and quality come together to make incredible furniture.
Earlyn is a converted Austinite. After living in Austin for three years, she grew to love everything it had to offer. Since her move to Austin, she became a paleo aficionado, a board game geek, and a novice hiker (thanks to Erik). Her aspiration is to become a physician and improve her patients' overall wellbeing.
At Erik Organic, her job is to use social media to share stories and photographs with people who value high quality hand-made furniture. She is eager to show you how Erik Organic is different from just about every other company out there!
Benny and Bitten
Bitten has 5 years experience in keyboard warming, and is an integral part of our 'Make Sure Every Invoice Has Cat Hair On It' recycling campaign.
Benny keeps close watch over the office, keeping it safe from boxelder bugs and errant slips of paper that 'just happen to fall on the floor'.
Jeremy is one of our photographers, and he does an excellent job at it! Jeremy is a web designer, photographer, musician, animal lover, Minnesota sports fanatic and enjoys organic gardening.
Jeremy and Erik grew up together in Mankato, Minnesota.
Tom is our other photographer, he specializes in commercial and art photography.
His interests include travel, MN Wild hockey, Bob Dylan and chilling with his wife, Colleen, and Arbus, the black and white cat.
We work with several local companies that hand deliver the vast majority of our furniture. Therefore, when your furniture is complete and ready to ship out, it will probably be delivered by Jake, Simon or Dan.
The personal touch provided by a small, locally owned shipping company has proven to be very popular with our customers.
Jake is shown in the photo to the left, he is the brother of our tablemaker Eli. Jake delivers the majority of our furniture in the Midwest and North-Eastern United States.
Simon delivers the majority of our furniture in the Southern part of the United States.
Dan delivers the majority of our furniture in the Western part of the United States.
We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of our Amish partners.
Out of respect for the humility of the Amish faith and their community's desire for privacy, we do not promote the likenesses of individual craftsmen on our website.
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