Andy Birkey’s life sounds like something straight out of the movies, but with no hint of the Hollywood fakery.  Just one example of what I am talking about; When he was 22 years old he fearlessly walked into the Miami airport with just a backpack and a desire to travel, but no idea where he was going.  And, that’s how he lived the first 15 years of his adult life.

Andy in his shop

Andy learned the value of hard work at a very young age, helping his missionary father build churches in the pacific northwest.  He spent most of his life doing carpentry work in one form or another.  He has built sidewalks for cows, managed extensive multi-million dollar church restorations, and everything in between.

Andy hardly limits himself to just carpentry!  He is a talented maker and artist with wide variety of skills ranging from woodcarving, photography, drawing, pottery, and much more.

Cheetah by Andy Birkey

Today Andy is very will known on social media, especially Facebook and Instagram.  Andy also makes some really cool videos.  I especially like his “Gimme a Minute” series. In addition to that, he is also one of the co-hosts of the Faking It Podcast.  One thing that really stuck with (or to) Andy is the #blamebirkey hashtag.  When I asked him about this he told me the true meaning of #blamebirkey is to stop and appreciate what is in front of you.

Andy drew his logo

And that brings me to the thing that really sets Andy apart.   He is a philosophical, authentic, and spontaneous person who really cares about his fellow human beings.  That is the real reason why he is so well loved.

Oh, and did I mention that he is a FUN guy to hang around with?

Interviewing Andy Birkey was a LOT of fun, too!

There is so much to say about Andy that I couldn’t possibly cover it all in a single blog post, so please watch the interview video and see for yourself what it is that makes him so special.

If you are not already following Andy on Facebook then I highly recommend that you do!  Also, be sure to check out his website,

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