Milan High School entrepreneur

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Trent Trout

By Joyce Ervin

There’s always that one kid that takes getting ahead seriously.  One such is Trent Trout, an incoming senior at Milan High School.  He is the owner of his own business, Trout Workshop, which he started at age 15.
Trout sets up his wares at local venues.  He had a large display of pallet flags and his unique cutting boards at the recent BLOOM event held in Tolan Square.
He can be found in Milan again on the third Thursday of the month at the Farmer’s Market.  Trout also sells at the Pittsfield and Cobblestone Farmer’s Markets and others in the Ann Arbor area.
Trout learned his woodworking and metal making skills, “mostly from my dad and You Tube,” he said.
It all started when he made his first cutting board.  He said he uses end grains of wood that are better for your knives.  The procedure sounds a bit complicated to those that don’t know much about woodworking, but the end result is a beautiful and precision-made cutting board.
Trout is working hard and is saving his profits to put toward college.  He hasn’t chosen a post-secondary school yet.  He said, “It will be a school that offers something along the lines of woodworking.”
Trout offers custom orders. Look for him at the markets or email him at trentontrout2000 [at] gmail [dot] com or visit his website at www.Troutworkshop.wixsite.com/madeintheusa.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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