CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: STEPHEN CAPIZZI
Stephen is a long time customer and has a Veteran Owned business. He’s been on the scene making custom turkey calls and military plaques since 2018. Today, he mass produces them with his MillRight CNC Mega V XL. Stephen is a repeat customer who first bought the original Carve King then upgraded to the Mega V. It’s always nice to see customers move up to one of our heavier models and really unleash their creativity! More than that, we always liked to see a vet owned business thriving! Check out the interview with Stephen below, along with some of his excellent works of art!
- How did you get started in woodworking or metalworking?
I have always been pretty crafty growing up, but building turkey calls got me really into woodworking and I found woodworking to be a healing factor with PTSD for me once I medically retired from the Army.
- What prompted you to get a CNC machine, and what MillRight machines are you using now?
The demand and consistency of call quality. I currently use a Mega V XL and had a Carve king. It has been a game changer.
- What was your learning curve with CNC?
Transitioning from Easel to Vectric software and knowing what outcome you get with each bit.
- What is your favorite kind of project?
Custom projects for sure, especially when the customer says “your the pro, show me your vision for what it should look like.”
- What do you think is your best kind of work?
2.5D – 3D carvings. Anything military.
- What is your best tip for CNC projects or CNC use in general?
Join Facebook groups and ask questions. Don’t be afraid. (remember everyone always started somewhere in the beginning). Also, a big one is understanding your machine, not just from operational standpoint but learn your machine from the mechanical standpoint as well.
- Did you think you would be this successful with CNC in the beginning?
50/50 on that. I can narrow it down to its been a very humbling and rewarding experience. Especially my patent pending turkey call “The Six Shooter”.
- What do you see as the future of CNC?
More and more hobby machines being built more rigid to compete with commercial machines to allow the small business to strive and compete.
- What tips do you have for users to make money with their machines?
Find your niche first but also don’t be afraid to try new stuff and don’t undersell yourself to just get the job. Ask questions and do research. Also attend some craft shows. Its a great way to network.
- Do you have a website or marketplace where you sell your work pieces?
FB Pages- @Capizzis Creations / @2Fo Gamecalls
- What advice would you give someone looking to get started with CNC woodworking?
Always look for deals on supplies. Find your local saw mill. Go big: you will always want to upgrade after a while. Youtube can be your best friend along with the FB members group and the MillRight forum.