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Couple Turns Garage, Dream Into Bat House Biz
September 30, 2003

DELTONA, FLORIDA--Holy belfries, Batman!

Monday's Orlando Sentinel featured a story about Bob and Shana Sjoberg, who, likely by their own admission, have gone totally batty.

This dynamic duo has created Nature's Friend, a company for which they build bird-houses, bird-feeders, and . . . yes . . . bat houses.

The couple say they do nearly everything together, from designing the houses, to selecting the wood, to operating the knee-level power saw.

"We have to help each other," said Shana. "There's no way either of us could do all of it alone."

Shana is paraplegic and can use her arms and hands. Bob is quadriplegic and has use of his arms and trunk, along with limited use of his hands.

Visitors to their Website have no way of knowing about their disabilities. Local business owners who buy their products for resale don't know anything about their wheelchairs until they meet them in person.

"Some times you can see they're surprised," Shana said. "But we don't want to use it as an advertisement. We don't want sympathy sales."

Nature's Friend -- Birdhouses Birdfeeders Batboxes


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