Meet Vinnie Charity
Vincent “Vinnie” Charity, Jr. knows and appreciates the fruits of one’s labor. From his home workshop in Richmond, Virginia, he’s inspired by the beautiful grains of wood stored in his space. “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”, Vinnie explained. “My main inspiration was from my father, who doesn't make things, but taught me the value of working with my hands and the importance of using the right tool for the job.” He has been able to take lessons learned from his father and woodworking skills to make beautiful products that bring daily joy to his customers and friends.
Vinnie’s passion for woodworking all started from his love for music and sound quality. As a teenager, he always wanted the tunes in his car to permeate his surroundings. Vinnie discovered he could make a high-quality, custom speaker box cheaper than purchasing one from a car audio store. A high school woodshop class, a circular saw, and a few other tools transformed his life. Soon he had clientele seeking him out to make speaker boxes for their cars. Today, Vinnie is the owner of Built by Vin and makes various custom wood products from wine holders to wooden game sets. He’s known for his attention to detail, craftsmanship, and modern approach to design.
Vinnie understands the importance of a well-balanced life. All is right with the world when he’s surrounded by friends, family, and his Bonsai trees. He also enjoys visiting other countries and experiencing different cultures. “My favorite thing to do is eating my way through a country.”, said Charity. “I’m inspired by anything and everything. It doesn’t really matter.” All Vinnie needs are the right tools, a piece of wood, and the right tunes to make magic happen.