journey

 

I come from a long line of stiff-necked and stubborn pioneers determined to carve out their livelihood in wild places with their own hands. My family homesteaded in the tiny town of Sula, Montana where my great, great, great grandma Emma famously saved our family and her neighbors from a historic wildfire. My Grandpa Don ran an autohaus out of the Bitterroot Valley and my father still operates his own small autobody shop, just outside Glacier National Park. 

The rich heritage and the pioneering spirit of my family is what inspired me to take part in the revival of hand crafted products made in the United States. When I first started this venture, I wasted a lot of time basing my business upon the assumption that I needed to have my goods made by an overseas supplier. The timelines were long, the quality inconsistent, and the opportunities to build lasting relationships were limited. It didn’t take long to realize that this was not my dream. In a move that felt incredibly daunting at the time, I dropped everything, shut down my overseas operation and found a skilled teacher in San Francisco, retired from her years working for the famed Hermés, who was willing to instruct me in her craft.

The next several years I spent honing my skills, often working into the wee hours in a small workshop built within my garage. As my hours of work piled up, so did my opportunities to design, to dream, to build, to create. I now operate out of a small workshop in Kalispell, Montana where I am every day inspired to create by the beauty that surrounds. We are proud to say that all of our products are handmade in Montana, USA and we invite you to join us on this journey.


-Ryan