The last year has been a journey. Going from a stable 8-5 office job to a full time photographer/creative has left me a bit out of breath but ready for my second wind. Soon after this major life change I picked up small time woodworking to relieve my eyes from my computer screen. The first step was carving spoons after a fellow photographer, Steve Stanton introduced me to the craft. Now since my creative vision bounces around so much I went from spoons, to bowls, to custom hatchets, rings and beard combs. The list gets out of hand but it stays true to the definition of the word journey.
I fumbled back and forth with having an online store since I was getting many custom orders. I loved the charm of custom orders, most of the time it came with a story. I've made spoons for people who's favorite memory of their grandma was of her cooking with her old wooden spoons. Hatchets that were a tip of the hat to a father who has passed on from this life. A wooden ring made of Juniper as an ode to a mothers daughter. The list goes on and I have cherished each project.
This hobby/escape of mine, of making saw dust, realizing a block of wood into a piece of functional art started to become a burden in some ways. I didn't create boundaries for myself and started to get burned out creatively. I'm not naturally talented when it comes to organization and poured myself into too many creative paths and ended up spinning my wheels and feeling drained. So I took a break and took down the previous online shop.
I'm not usually a fan of winter but this time around it was good to hibernate a bit. The winter months were full of retrospection which helped pin point strengths and weaknesses in my work and family life. I've been recharged and refocused.
At this point I am excited to launch this site and want to share the intentions and plan behind it:
First off this will turn into a brotherly venture. My brother Matt lives outside of Missoula Montana and is also a maker of things. He currently make beautiful wall mounts of drift wood and found materials. Soon we will be adding these to the shop.
Second, is once per month the shop will be updated with new items. There will always be spoons but creatively I will push for new designs or sets of designs each month. Spoons are spoons but the subtlety in form is what keeps me coming back with my gouges and files. Another standard product will be the wall mounted planters which have added a great vibe in our own living spaces.
Third, the specialty items of beard combs, hatchets, slingshots, etc. will hit the shop with each monthly update but these will be a bit more few and far in-between as these will also be featured and available through other unique avenues.
So I think this has been a fairly good introduction to what this site is about. Be sure to keep up with us on Instagram for new items and news HERE.