We didn’t set out to create a furniture company. In fact, we started as a soap company. But over time, we found ourselves drawn to creating works of art and functional pieces of furniture from used building materials and discarded furniture, rather than boiling-up soap “Fight Club” style in the kitchen. Our pieces range from whimsical hand-painted barn board signs, to reupholstered, refinished, and chalk painted furniture and up-cycled decorative creations. We do custom work as well as pieces for retail sales.
For as long as I can remember, I loved to paint. I painted my first house from top to bottom. And then my second, third, and fourth. I transformed them with colour into homes that felt welcoming and warm and then sold them–thankfully for a profit every time. Since my last house was a new build, I got to choose the wall colour at the time I bought it, so I didn’t have any major paint projects for a couple of years. Instead, I channeled my love of painting into transforming furniture. It’s a hobby that has turned into a passion.
Matt is a jack of all trades and enjoys fixing things … whether it be a leaky faucet or his three step-kids. After a successful career as a diver and underwater welder for nuclear plants, he now spends his spare time fixing furniture that I bring home, doing home renovations, and creating custom woodwork.
~ Samantha Russell & Matthew Crowell ~
Take a moment to look at the things around you. Look at the things that fill your home. Look at the furniture that surrounds you, and think about it. Where does it come from? How was it made? What does it say about you? How long will it last?
Hopefully, the things that you collect and use every day were made somewhere with fair employment laws. Hopefully, it was made by craftspeople with a passion for making, and who take pride in using eco-friendly materials and processes. Hopefully, if anyone asks you about your beautiful things, there is a story you can tell that you are proud of.
Maybe that’s a story of how the boards of your table are all reclaimed from pallets or an old barn. Maybe it’s a story about supporting local artisans by purchasing their hand-crafted work. Maybe the only story you need to tell anyone is that you found that one-of-a-kind piece at a local market and bought it simply because it’s beautiful and unique and it makes your home feel special.
Hopefully, that story you tell will be recounted for generations to come because your furniture was built to last.
If you are the kind of person who cares about “crazy” ideas like being environmentally friendly, supporting local business and investing in enduring quality rather than mass-produced dumpster fodder, then you may want to check us out. We are a small company working hard to up-cycle wood furniture, re-imagine uses for the parts we cannot fix, and design and build original furniture from reclaimed wood and wood that has been responsibly harvested from local forests.
We care about the quality of our work, the community, and the environment.