Despite having four young children, in August of 2016, Robert Wood quit his job at a renowned violin shop in order to make violins from a converted shed in his backyard. He was able to make the leap because his wife, university admissions counselor Deborah Higham Wood, supports their family financially while Robert builds his business. Robert initially felt guilty for not providing an income while he got Heartwood Violins off the ground, and he still struggles with the societal expectation that a man (and not a woman) provides for his family.
Vice News met Robert and Deborah to find out how they overcame ingrained patriarchal expectations so that Rob could follow his passions and their family can thrive.
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