In 2003, Earlywood was started in an unheated 8’ x 10’ lawnmower shed in my backyard in the Gallatin Valley of western Montana.
I was pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at Montana State University-Bozeman at the time. Being an artistic guy from a young age, I found the structured world of mathematics and laws that is engineering to be confining, and I longed for a creative outlet. It was the search for this outlet that led me to the hardware store where I picked up a chisel and a jigsaw. Armed with my new tools, I started creating wooden utensils in that cold lawnmower shed.
The relationship between engineering and woodworking was very symbiotic. The totally consuming nature of the spoon shaping process provided me the disconnect that I needed to survive 5 years in the mechanical engineering program. On the other hand, it was the critical engineering and design experience I gained that has helped me define the simple, clean and always utilitarian style that sets Earlywood utensils apart from others.
The Earlywood shop is a little bigger than 8′ x 10′ now and has moved south to the base of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in quiet Red Lodge, Montana.