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'Why our unique photo frame company is a barrel of laughs'

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KRISTEN HUNTER came up with the idea for Whisky Frames after being unable to find the perfect gift for her husband Ross.

The pair set up the business with just £1000 of their own savings in 2015.

Here Kristen, 35, originally from Minnesota and who has lived in Scotland for the last 12 years, tells us about her working day.

Can you tell us about your products?

I’ve designed each of our five frames, which are all made from casks obtained from cooperages and directly from distilleries across Scotland.

Each barrel, which started life holding bourbon before being used to mature whisky, is dried before being turned into individual frames that are treated, sanded and varnished.

The frames can be personalised and all carry a unique number that, once inputted in to our website, provides the frame’s cask history.

What’s the story behind Whisky Frames?

The inspiration for our frames came after our dog died and I wanted to buy Ross a frame to hold a photo of Tess. I couldn’t find anything I liked, so ended up finding one in America made out of reclaimed barn wood.

That search made us realise there was a gap in the market for gifts geared towards men. We then came across an old whisky cask in a salvage yard and Whisky Frames was born.

We invested very little to get the business off the ground – £1000 of our personal savings – and have grown it through hard work and resourcefulness.

Did you have another job before setting up your own business?

I managed cafes in Edinburgh. Educated with a degree in interior design and a master of fine arts, I regretted never developing these skills more over the 10 years I was a specialty coffee shop manager.

When I became pregnant with my second daughter, I saw this weirdly as an opportunity to start my business.

I applied to Entrepreneurial Spark in Edinburgh and was accepted. This leap-frogged us and gave me the courage, support and discipline to just do it.

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