Butchershoppers are a creative, thoughtful, eclectic, fun bunch, with a shared dedication to making amazing things. And we think that dedication shouldn’t go unrecognized. That’s why, in 2017, we created the Paul(ine) Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox awards, for the two Butchershoppers who go beyond the call of duty, demonstrating the values and work ethic that define our culture.
Why Paul(ine) Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, you ask? For those unfamiliar with the folklore, here’s the CliffsNotes version: the tale of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox is the story of two companions who traveled across the United States, conquering challenges, making their mark and helping others along the way.
Paul Bunyan was a formidable character. He was helpful, dedicated and tenacious, with a larger-than-life personality that endeared him to everyone he crossed paths with. All of these characteristics are embodied by the recipient of the Paul(ine) Bunyan award, Senior Project Manager, Mahwesh Hansraj. Forever the optimist, Mahwesh is a passionate contributor to the Butchershop culture. She finds solutions to hard problems, is always there to answer a Slack message or congratulate a team member, holds our clients in high regard as true partners, and most of all, she empowers her team members to do great work. We couldn’t think of a more worthy Pauline Bunyan.
If the story of Paul Bunyan and the Blue Ox teaches us anything, it’s that amazing things happen when people work together. This is a core Butchershop belief and the central tenet of the Babe the Blue Ox award. The inaugural Blue Ox was awarded to Devin Cornwall, as the Butchershopper who improves the team, projects, clients, and quality of life every day. Not only an extremely talented designer, Devin is always there to lend a helping hand, setting the bar for what true collaboration looks like with the whole crew. He starts by asking ‘how are you?’ on a personal level before asking ‘how’s the project?’, something that speaks volumes to his character. And he always puts the time in with pure dedication to craft. When we think of someone at Butchershop that embodies all the qualities of the Blue Ox, Devin is the person we think of.
In recognition of their efforts — and in true Butchershop style — we put a spin on the humble trophy, awarding both Mahwesh and Devin a custom Best Made Co. axe, representative of them being a cut above. While they might not be clearing forests with one fell swing any time soon, it’s good to be prepared. Just in case.