MEET REAL JEWELRY ARTISTS: Joshua Farrally / Kansas City, MO / Paracord Bracelets
Following his own departure from the military, Joshua Farrally entered a new type of service as a full time stay-at-home dad so that his wife could continue to serve as an active duty member of the United States Air Force. But that didn’t mean he was ready to give up on contributing income to the family budget. Instead, Joshua decided to pursue the American dream of starting a small business.
“Our goal is to always have one parent at home with the kids, at least until they start going to school – and – I really enjoy being a stay-at-home dad. So, I wanted to find a home business where I could help bring in some cash for our extra-curricular activities.”
His wife already had experience selling on Etsy, so that website seemed like a natural venue for his new business. The only question left was what to sell – the husband and wife duo put their combined experience together.
“While in tech school with the military, a sergeant there taught us how to make a paracord bracelet. 550 Paracord, also called parachute cord, is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes. It was used to make parachutes during World War 2 and was used by astronauts to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. It peaked my interest at the time so I made a few for myself and my friends. …while brainstorming with my wife on ideas for an Etsy shop we decided this was something I could do easily. We started researching different weaves, materials and marketing ideas. My wife set up my Etsy shop and made all the graphics. I immediately ordered the materials I needed.”
After experimenting with various designs, styles and sizes, Farrally knew this was something he would not only enjoy doing, but could also use to bring in extra income.
“I started off making a couple bracelets for my daughter. I made her the Tinkerbell Inspired bracelet and the Doc McStuffins one (both found in my store!). This opened up the line for infants, toddlers and kids. I also made a very simple bracelet for my son and a camo bracelet for my wife to wear in uniform. We enjoyed this so much, I knew this would be something I could do on the side and enjoy.”
That was it – FarrallyManMade was open and ready for business. The shop carries a wide range of hand crafted Paracord bracelets in a variety of styles and colors from traditional military hues to brightly colored children’s pieces. But these bracelets don’t just look great – they also serve a real function.
“Paracord is made with nylon that won’t mold or rot and it’s UV resistant. It has an outer sleeve with 7 inner braided strands. Paracord is still a favorite among military professionals and outdoors men of all kinds, but it’s also become a modern style in fashion and jewelry wear.”
As if this wasn’t enough, a number of the bracelets in the FarrallyManMade line are designed for special causes and Farrally contributes a portion of the sale price for each of these items to charities.
There are plans in place to expand FarrallyManMade’s offerings. Joshua will be adding a mix of men’s and women’s jewelry including leather cord necklaces, leather wrap bracelets and some more urban designs.
Right now though, he’s happy to be able to do enjoyable work from home in Kansas City, Missouri while watching over his 2 year old daughter, 3 month old son and their 3 year old German Shepherd.
You can shop the full selection of Joshua’s artwork here: FarrallyManMade