What’s New from Portland – Wood&Faulk

photo credits: Wood&Faulk  |  Juliet Zulu  |  Lisa Warninger

Portland-based designer Matt Pierce turned his DYI blog into a stylish brand Wood&Faulk
that offers beautifully crafted bags, belts, outdoor gear, home goods and other fine accessories
with a rugged edge.  Ultimate weekend bag of your July 4th getaway.

Wood&Faulk represents well-made, classic lifestyle items with the familiarity of objects your grandparents might have carried. Taking inspiration from the old and the new, the classics and the future classics, Wood&Faulk makes items that are built to last with timeless style.

Wood&Faulk started as a simple blog by Matt Pierce in 2010.  It began as a place to document projects, ideas and DIY. Derived from project experiments on the blog and items used in the workshop, Wood&Faulk has developed into a little company known for bags, belts, accessories and other objects inspired by its Oregon home and its Kansas roots.

Matt Pierce was born and raised in the Midwestern state of Kansas. He grew up learning auto mechanics, carpentry, plumbing and welding from his family and friends and has continued to build things his entire life. All of these trades came together when he was living in and working on refinishing his own houses in Kansas. The origin of the name Wood&Faulk harkens to streets in his old neighborhood – Woodrow Ave. and Faulkner Street. After selling the Woodrow Ave. home, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he found an excellent community of DIY culture, building, making and design that continues to inspire.

 
stool

“The quintessential Wood&Faulk project has to be the Official Campstool. It was first produced as a DIY project, and turned into a more refined piece for customers and friends.” says Pierce. “Have you seen modern-day camp stools? Your grandpa would be ashamed to see you using one!”

Another such project is the Wood&Faulk belts. They were originally created as a project on the blog about how leather wears-in according to the way the user wears it. More and more people requested them, and they were later introduced as a regular store item.

As the business grew, more tools and machines were acquired, more talent added, and eventually led to full capability as a sophisticated manufacturing operation. The canvas and leather line has expanded to more than 35 items, and more models in the works all the time. Using heavy waxed canvas from a finishing mill in Missouri, leather from the tannery that supplies Red Wing boots in Minnesota, hard-working bridle leathers from Pennsylvania, and heavy duty YKK zippers from Kentucky, W&F makes a heirloom-grade finished product.

All design, cutting, sewing and assembly is done in their own workshop – about 3,700 square foot of the former Simons & Fruerberg Co. Building – coincidentally a building that formerly created trunks and robust luggage earlier in the century.


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