Close

GreenRiverWoods' Shop Announcement

Welcome. GRW is a unique woodworking studio. Items marked "Ready to Ship Now" are limited and ephemeral. Current turnaround on smaller things is 2-6 weeks. Larger things, please start a conversation directly (typically 2-4 months out). Sale blocks and Bee Good Oil are also available at Villagers in West Asheville. Please don't hesitate to ask about my sliding scale based on need, visit shop "policies" on the left for much more information and stay in touch (yes, we're on facebook).

When it comes to experiencing the warmth and elegance of functional woodwork, we all deserve better than the mass-produced and environmentally unsustainable. Take for instance the ubiquitous, knife-destroying so-called "green" bamboo (grass) cutting board, pressed full of untested chemical compounds and shipped halfway around the world to your local health-food supermarket, or the generic overpriced and poorly-made sweat shop IKEA widget.

Whether you desire an entire kitchen counter, island top, a custom-built chef quality butcher block, table top or floating mantel, set of specialty shelves or something entirely original in nearly any kind of wood, every piece I design & build is personally tailored, quality construction from start to finish with an equal eye to functionality and aesthetics.

In this day and age, the vast majority of us find it increasingly hard to actually get what we pay for. That is, to do a little research and invest more wisely, when the only options are between three versions of a piece of crap that breaks and something priced only for millionaires or fetishists. The great bulk of my material is reclaimed locally, or salvaged from local custom cabinet and furniture woodworking shops, including my own, and the rest is from sustainable and highly conscientious milling operations. Nearly every piece of wood that comes into my shop ends up being transformed and leaving in more enlightened form to serve someone with pride, somewhere.

While I work hard to keep my pieces affordable, end grain construction is quite more demanding and labor-intensive than your average face grain cutting board or serving platter. End grain does constitute a significant investment. The investment is worthy because of the unparalleled performance and endurance of the result (and accompanying beauty), and so despite the extra work and wear on my tools, I have very consciously decided to focus on making end grain boards that are genuine heirlooms, worthy tools and companions, uniquely beautiful but also built to perform.

Please don't hesitate to ask me about my sliding scale for those with neither criminally high discretionary income nor history of enriching Goldman Sachs, Koch Industries, BP, or TEPCO. Everyone who works for a living deserves to have nice things. Discounts are regularly offered to teachers, public intellectuals and anyone who works hard for relatively small reward in positive service to others. But you have to speak up, first.

A large food preparing and chopping surface is truly one of the most rewarding and increasingly pleasurable investments for any kitchen: relatively non-scarring and self-healing, they are able to hold their beauty up to decades if not generations of hard work while keeping your good cutlery as sharp as possible. Life meets art in a tool for which our appreciation only deepens. Something we can depend on every day and also enjoy using and caring for. Just ask any of my thousands of grateful customers around the country and the world.

Raised in the post & beam Vermont home designed by my father, I unwittingly followed my great-great-grandfather's path and moved to the cradle of forestry around the turn of the century, and have been building new homes and remodeling, doing finish carpentry and custom cabinetry for over 18 years now; still learning all the time, with a singular focus since 2008 on my own business.


Matt Christie
West Asheville, North Carolina
matt.christie [!at] gmail.com
828-450-4535

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.