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Montana Made: Western Spindle of Townsend

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Adam MacDonald founded Western Spindle in his garage in Townsend more than a decade ago, and it has now grown into a nationwide supplier of fixtures for historic homes. Adam MacDonald founded Western Spindle in his garage in Townsend more than a decade ago, and it has now grown into a nationwide supplier of fixtures for historic homes.
Western Spindle provides custom and historically accurate porch railings, spindles, and other features for homes. Western Spindle provides custom and historically accurate porch railings, spindles, and other features for homes.
MacDonald says they've provided thousands of historically accurate spindles for porches across the U.S. and Canada. MacDonald says they've provided thousands of historically accurate spindles for porches across the U.S. and Canada.
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Adam MacDonald founded Western Spindle in his garage in Townsend more than a decade ago, and it has now grown into a nationwide supplier of fixtures for historic homes.

He says some people were skeptical of his business model from the start.

"We get told all the time, 'This is going out of style,' this and that, but when customers find us they say, 'Oh, you have no idea how long I've been looking for this!" said MacDonald.

Western Spindle provides custom and historically accurate porch railings, spindles, and other features for homes. Five people work in the shop, including MacDonald's wife.

Most of the products are sold to out-of-state customers.

One of the shop's specialties are Victorian-style spindles. MacDonald says they've provided thousands of historically accurate spindles for porches across the U.S. and Canada.

"You know 99 out of 100 orders go out of state, so if you can see them up it's beautiful," MacDonald said.

MacDonald and his team can even take damaged original work and reproduce the original design.

The process starts with a digital design sent to a computer attached to a lathe. Then a block of cedar or other material is inserted into the machine. The wood is then milled down into the desired shape

Once completed, the spindle is finished by hand.

"You can train how to operate equipment, processes, and what not, but you can not train work ethic, integrity, honesty," he said.

MacDonald says his business has grown each year since he started it. It has even been featured in "Victorian Homes" magazine.

As for his own home, MacDonald says he has no plans to leave Townsend.

"Honestly, to be able to operate in a community that is just growing, you know its bunch of farming and ranching people, it's a great place to do business," said MacDonald.

Click here to visit the Western Spindle website.

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