I grew up holding things. My dad was always fixing something in the house or building stuff for my mom in his workshop (whatever they saw at the gift shop that morning he would have created from scratch, identically, by that afternoon). He did a lot of Bondo-ing, sanding and painting the rust spots on the cars, I can still smell that, and the smell of the DDT he’d spray around the house to keep pests out, which is of course not quite legal anymore.
During each of these adventures I was asked to hold the hammer, hold the post so it stays plumb in the hole filled with concrete, hold the ladder….etc. Inevitably something went a little wrong, as with any good house project, and there’d be a little commotion but also I learned that even when problems come up, keep at it and you can not only fix it, but make it better.
So thus began my career of trying to make the world a better place by designing better products. I worked for years on things like blowtorches, snow-sleds, lot’s of medical devices, you name it. I’m a musician and in 2014 I decided to make the leap and create products full time for musicians to make their lives easier. So as John Cage said "begin anywhere", and I started Chemistry Design Werks in my tiny 1924 garage that barely fit a car in the first place. I moved out of the garage but I'm still a small shop. I design everything myself, do a lot of prototyping and testing with real musician’s and then everything is built and shipped right here from my little shop in St Paul.
You never know where life will take you, I’ve been selling the Holeyboard Pedalboards for six years, constantly making them better. Along the way people have often told me to scale up, move production to China, lower my costs, increase production, become a big company. Well, I’m not the best businessman so while that may be one path, it’s not mine. I am however a very good designer, a builder at heart who wants to make the world a better place. So, I work in my shop, create new things, and I pack them up myself and ship them so you, the musician, can try them out and hopefully say, “Wow, that’s cool and it works great!”.
It’s a good way to spend the day and I am extremely thankful when you put your trust in the Holeyboards and when you support little companies with big ideas.
What I believe in:
I believe in the underdog and in small miracles. I think we all deserve second chances because sometimes it takes some practice to get things right. I believe in giving the benefit of the doubt and erring on the optimistic side when questions arise. I think that trust and respect must be earned and that they are the foundation of great friendships.
The truth sets us all free, even when it’s a harder road to take, honesty is best. I like quotes, they are like mini poems with deep meaning. One of my favorite quotes is, “you reap what you sow”, I believe that completely. I like jam rock, there is no shame in a 20 minute excursion with lots of solos. And mostly, I believe in people, that they are good and that together we can make the world better.
I am thankful for my friends and wish you the best rocking out with yours.
Chris Trifilio -Chief Inventor/Owner
My sincerest thanks for putting your faith in the Holeyboards and for taking a leap toward something that is different and better.
Chemistry Design Werks began as an idea, a dream, and the dedication to make it real. My sweat and soul have gone into creating these Holeyboards and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I pack everything up myself and ship it from my little shop. Sometimes I get a couple of days behind, I'm doing my best, your patience is so appreciated. So please take comfort, I will receive your order and I will start working on it soon. Feel free to email me anytime to check in, email@example.com
You have a lifetime warranty on your Holeyboards, any problems, ever, just drop me a line.
Have an awesome day. -Chris
Founder: Chris Trifilio
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Job: Chief Inventor/Owner
Likes: Analog, Good Music, Quality, Made in the USA, Nice People, Good Coffee and Converstation
My Band: Romeo Delta, we just cut an EP in the studio called Glimpse. Give it a listen here:
I love playing guitar and I love making music with the band. I hope you enjoy our products, please tell your friends.