Selkirk teenager’s firewood firm is spark of real genius

Fourteen year old Lewis Hislop of Selkirk is going to be occupying a pop-up shop in the town selling fire wood he has chopped up himself.
Fourteen year old Lewis Hislop of Selkirk is going to be occupying a pop-up shop in the town selling fire wood he has chopped up himself.

His schoolmates might be spending their free time playing computer games and texting, but Lewis Hislop has taken an axe to all that.

Or rather, eight months ago he set up a small business from the home in Selkirk’s Heatherlie Park he shares with his parents, Mark and Mandy, plus sister Rebecca, and now spends much of his time outside of school hours chopping up unwanted scrap wood.

It’s not as strange as it sounds, as Selkirk High School third year pupil Lewis, 14, has customers for his bags of logs and kindling all over the town.

And next Thursday (November 14), Lewis’s company, Chop Stix, will set as a pop-up shop in Selkirk’s Tower Street, selling bags of cut firewood.

“Lewis likes to be doing something outside. So when he noticed all these old wooden pallets at Border Office’s premises near us, it started him thinking,” said mum, Mandy.

“Now he’s saving money for a new mountain bike – and, hopefully, he will become a successful entrepreneur when he’s bigger so he can look after his mum in her old age,” she joked.

As for Lewis, he doesn’t mind if his mates think it’s all a bit strange: “I’m earning money and they’re not,” he laughed.

“I started selling kindling and logs just to neighbours, delivering it in a wheelbarrow. But now my mum sometimes drives me so I can sell to people all over Selkirk.

Asked if he saw himself as another Richard Branson-style tycoon, Lewis replied: “What I’d like to be is a gamekeeper – but maybe with a business as well.”