GreenRiverWoods

Matt Christie

Asheville, North Carolina · 785 Sales

GreenRiverWoods

Matt Christie

Asheville, North Carolina 785 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(223)

Announcement   ***Dear customers: Sorry! We've already got more work than we can handle through the fall of this year. Any orders placed between now and late August will be built as we can, beginning in September or October. For any further questions or if you'd like me to recommend a fellow craftsperson, please convo. Thank you to all our terrific, very patient fans and clients!**

GRW is a woodworking studio in Asheville, NC. We salvage interesting trees, finish large slabs, build custom furniture and strangely beautiful end grain butcher block islands, among other things. We are the proud makers of Bee Good Board Butter (wholesale orders available).

Items in the "Ready to Ship Now" section are limited and ephemeral; for everything else, current turnaround applies. Current turnaround is 3-4 weeks on all items unless otherwise stated or arranged!

Locally, our unique end grain blocks, pizza peels, Bee Good Wood Oil and other small items may be found at Villagers Urban Homestead Supply, Asheville Bee Charmer, Asheville's Sharpest Edge and Foothills Pasture-Raised Meats. We build wood tops for local bars and restaurants, have butcher blocks in Etsy's own office kitchen, and island tops in the homes of movie stars, politicians and thousands of hard-chopping, appreciative folks world-wide.

Please don't hesitate to ask about my sliding scale based on need, visit shop "policies" for much more information and stay in touch (yes, we're on facebook, twitter, instagram). Normal standard turnaround for medium-size items is 2-3 weeks unless otherwise arranged or noted.

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 based on need. 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
GreenRiverWoods.Com
greenriverwoods [at] gmail.com
828-450-4535

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 12, 2017

***Dear customers: Sorry! We've already got more work than we can handle through the fall of this year. Any orders placed between now and late August will be built as we can, beginning in September or October. For any further questions or if you'd like me to recommend a fellow craftsperson, please convo. Thank you to all our terrific, very patient fans and clients!**

GRW is a woodworking studio in Asheville, NC. We salvage interesting trees, finish large slabs, build custom furniture and strangely beautiful end grain butcher block islands, among other things. We are the proud makers of Bee Good Board Butter (wholesale orders available).

Items in the "Ready to Ship Now" section are limited and ephemeral; for everything else, current turnaround applies. Current turnaround is 3-4 weeks on all items unless otherwise stated or arranged!

Locally, our unique end grain blocks, pizza peels, Bee Good Wood Oil and other small items may be found at Villagers Urban Homestead Supply, Asheville Bee Charmer, Asheville's Sharpest Edge and Foothills Pasture-Raised Meats. We build wood tops for local bars and restaurants, have butcher blocks in Etsy's own office kitchen, and island tops in the homes of movie stars, politicians and thousands of hard-chopping, appreciative folks world-wide.

Please don't hesitate to ask about my sliding scale based on need, visit shop "policies" for much more information and stay in touch (yes, we're on facebook, twitter, instagram). Normal standard turnaround for medium-size items is 2-3 weeks unless otherwise arranged or noted.

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 based on need. 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
GreenRiverWoods.Com
greenriverwoods [at] gmail.com
828-450-4535

Matt Christie

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Footed Cherry Charcuterie Serving Boards
Footed Cherry Charcuterie Serving Boards
$85.00
Figured Crotch Maple Slabs
Figured Crotch Maple Slabs
$950.00
Sunburst Bench and Coffee Table Slabs
Sunburst Bench and Coffee Table Slabs
$800.00
Ready To Ship Now - Patchwork End Grain Block
Ready To Ship Now - Patchwork End Grain Block
$95.00
Watch stand
Watch stand
$100.00
Ready to Ship Now - Birdseye Bar Blocks
Ready to Ship Now - Birdseye Bar Blocks
$50.00
Red Ambrosia Maple Chopping Board
Red Ambrosia Maple Chopping Board
$286.00
Butternut End Grain Chopping Board
Butternut End Grain Chopping Board
$79.00
Customized Serving Tray
Customized Serving Tray
$225.00
Custom Cherry Bookshelf
Custom Cherry Bookshelf
$850.00
Custom Wood Slab Top
Custom Wood Slab Top
$700.00
Cherry End Grain Butcher Block Top
Cherry End Grain Butcher Block Top
$630.00
Hickory End Grain Sine Wave Top
Hickory End Grain Sine Wave Top
$966.00
Custom Wood Top
Custom Wood Top
$400.00
Custom Round Table, Cherry
Custom Round Table, Cherry
$870.00
Ready to Ship Now- Cherry End Grain
Ready to Ship Now- Cherry End Grain
$185.00
Face Grain Walnut Top
Face Grain Walnut Top
$1,075.00
Edge Grain Walnut Kitchen Island Top
Edge Grain Walnut Kitchen Island Top
$1,825.00
End Grain Walnut Butcher Block Island Top
End Grain Walnut Butcher Block Island Top
$6,000.00
Hickory End Grain
Hickory End Grain
$215.00
Ready to Ship Now - Large Spalted Maple Block
Ready to Ship Now - Large Spalted Maple Block
$215.00
Ready to Ship Now - Large Spalted Maple Block
Ready to Ship Now - Large Spalted Maple Block
$205.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(223)
Ashley Selland

Ashley Selland on Jul 21, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful wooden pastry board. I can't wait to make some dough on this beautiful piece. Thank you for making it and it was worth the little wait to get. I'm in love and will be back for a cutting board at some point.

Dennis

Dennis on Jul 4, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

A great item to store/display my watches

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Updates

Local installations get the three month loving follow-up.

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End Grain Walnut Butcher Block Island Top
End Grain Walnut Butcher Block Island Top
$6,000.00
Shipped 200 pounds worth of butcher block last week. Lots of quality red ambrosia maple on hand with good color and figure. Order yours today!

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Happily installed, one-of-a-kind end grain butcher block top.

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About

Functional Fine Woodwork

Growing up in Vermont, summer jobs meant framing houses. I did take a few "breaks" to travel, work on fishing boats in Alaska, go to college, and eventually worked my way up into extensive finish carpentry and custom cabinetry.

Mostly self-taught, with the exception of a few generous and talented teachers, custom commission work has kept me consistently busy since founding GreenRiverWoods in 2008.

Salvaging our own wood where possible, we emphasize sustainability, beauty and function, using traditional and modern methods to make one-of-a-kind items ranging from cutting boards and jewelry boxes to slab furniture and butcher block islands.

Virtually all the wood that comes into our shop is re-purposed in one form or another.

My particular obsession, evidently, lies in exploring the limits and possibilities of end grain construction. No surface is more difficult to work, more beautiful, or more durable.

Lately we've been growing an impressive unique slab inventory (for sale, rough or finished).

Shop members

  • Matt Christie

    Owner, Maker

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on May 17, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

http://whatscookingamerica.net/CuttingBoards/AllAbout.htm

• Keep clean, cool and dry and most importantly, well-oiled

• Wipe, scrape or hand wash with warm water & soap (do not submerge, let soak in moisture or put in dishwasher)

• If absolutely necessary, a stronger cleaning agent can be used to get rid of unwanted residues, odors, bacteria or stains, such as pure white vinegar, lemon, salt, or something stronger (see link above).

• Hand dry with clean cloth *immediately* after washing (do not let drip dry in dish rack)

• Get in the habit of quickly re-oiling both sides and all edges thoroughly and evenly after every washing and drying. This is part of the pleasure of owning an heirloom block!

Happy Chopping!

Wholesale availability

Wholesale pricing always considered.

Bee Good Wood Oil: minimum order of 12 bottles for wholesale pricing.

Please contact directly.