A mechanical engineer by training, Earlywood’s founder and head craftsman, Brad Bernhart, spends a lot of time thinking about how to make kitchen utensils better. Brad began making utensils as a creative outlet from the constricting world of mathematics that is mechanical engineering during his time as a student at Montana State University. Today, Brad's engineering skills, passion for making, and respect for intentional design coalesce in the Earlywood studio where he makes kitchen tools beloved by cooks worldwide. Brad lives in Red Lodge, MT with his lovely wife Charlotte, his daughter Clara and son Clark. When he's not busy making and selling utensils, he can be found with the family or out fishing or skiing.
It all started with a young man with a penchant for searching other peoples' kitchens for the oldest, most beat up, most worn, most stained and most loved wooden kitchen utensils. It was his recognition of the love and work and history intrinsic to each of those utensils that motivated Brad to start carving spoons in his spare time in a tiny unheated shed with the hopes that he could one day be the maker of those special family heirlooms.
Earlywood has grown from a tiny shed in Bozeman, MT to an unheated garage in Portland, OR to the dark basement of a country wood shop, to the heated, insulated, bright, roomy, clean and well laid out Earlywood shop of today in Red Lodge, MT.
To craft wooden utensils that infuse your culinary experience with warmth and sentiment for generations to come
Great materials and great designs are just talking points if there is a flaw in craftsmanship. We check each item every time we have a chance to minimize defects like cracks or grain orientations that could cause warp. Of course, we are not perfect, so if we miss anything, the Earlywood Guarantee has you covered.
Earlywood is located at the base of the Beartooth Mountains in Red Lodge, Montana. Boasting a population of roughly 2,500- not including the deer, turkeys, moose, and bears that frequent the side streets. Red Lodge remains a bona fide western holdout built on the backs of pioneers, ski bums, and cowboys. Whether you are looking for a place to get lost in the wilderness or enjoy a five-star meal, Red Lodge probably has something for you.