About Waxing Moon

Why Waxing Moon?

Waxing Moon: Noun - The moon at any time after new moon and before full moon, so called because its illuminated area is increasing. Sort of like my woodworking.... Something from nothing.

Waxing Moon Wood is a modest wood shop located in the small southern Minnesota town of Albert Lea.

Ed Sallee is the craftsman who builds all of the Waxing Moon Humidors. Ed was born and raised in Albert Lea with an eclectic professional history. Ed started his journey in 1983 when he served eight years in the US Army, stationed in Fort Lewis, WA - Schweinfurt, Germany - and Fort Benning, GA obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant in the infantry working primarily as an Operations Seargeant.

When Ed was honorably discharged in 1991, he moved to Charleston, SC trying to find his way in the civilian world, working two jobs - one at the Medical University of South Carolina in the marketing department and a part time, evening job at a local seafood company, Kiawah-Seabrook Seafood in an administrative role.

Still trying to find his calling, Ed relocated to Cheyenne, WY in 1992 where he began his career in transportation operations with United Van Lines and started working with his interest in Woodworking. His work with United Van Lines provided management opportunities for him to work and live in Georgia, New Jersey and South Carolina capitalizing on his operational skills obtained in the Army.

While in Cheyenne, WY in 1992, Ed's father had given him an old Shopsmith that was built in 1953. This piqued Ed's interest in woodworking and was Ed's primary tool until around 2003 when he bought his first tablesaw. Ed's father, Donald Sallee (d; 04, 1999), was and is his inspiration for woodworking.

Ed discovered that his love for woodworking was shared by the people that he had given his work, coupled with the love of cigars and the cigar community, he decided to build cigar humidors, full time. Ed has dedicated his life and has made humidor building his livelihood since 2009.

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