In three short years Matt Pierce has turned Wood & Faulk, an online blog dedicated to the discovery and making process, into an established leather goods and accessories brand. With a keen eye and design background Matt has taught himself how to make the things that he loves and needs. The hands on approach that Wood & Faulk has taken while growing is inspiring. He went from running the operation out of his home to now outgrowing the studio space he has above Beam & Anchor. Now with 6 employees, they have outgrown their current space and are getting ready to move to a space of their own. Wood & Faulk has started production on a collaboration with Pendleton that will be in stores soon! Matt is a motivated maker who's handwork has turned into successful brand, enjoy the great interview with founder Matt Pierce, as well as the photos of the Wood & Faulk team working hard on their new line!
1. Why Portland? What was it that drew you to Portland or has kept you here?
I would visit the Northwest from Kansas because a friend worked with Boeing in Seattle. I always though Seattle would be my place until I came through Portland to meet some friends of friends in the design community. Instantly I felt comfortable and knew Portland was it. It felt like Sesame Street to me in some fantastic way.
2. What are your favorite things happening in Portland (design or otherwise)?
The design/maker scene is a favorite of course, but also the food, the music, the climate, the people.
3. How did your brand start?
W&F started as a blog of mostly home projects and whatnot. It was meant to supplement my graphic design portfolio, to show projects that didn't really fit with client work. After some fun projects and experiments, more and more readers wanted to buy items. I started carrying 3rd party items and later begrudgingly started a making more of my own things for an online store... Then things really took off.
4. What has been your biggest obstacle?
I think growth is the biggest obstacle, but a good problem to have. I make less because I'm handling other aspects of the business, so that's hard too. It's the biggest challenge I've had turning this thing into a little company, but I can't imagine doing anything else.
5. What or who inspires your design?
I gather inspiration from everything. Outdoors, canoe trips, hikes, ocean visits, the weather, books, music, friends, design idols, family, the Midwest, old junk, cars, daydreams, furniture, food, good lighting. Really most everything.
6. What are your favorite things about Portland?
Favorite things about Portland are the rain, the sun, the food, good people, clever style, old buildings, the forest, my Portland family.
7. What is your favorite part of your studio?
The favorite part of my current studio is the camaraderie, followed by the floors, followed by my tools.
8. Your favorite thing about your workspace?
Guess this is the same as 7?
9. Tell us two truths and a lie!
I'm left handed, I'm colorblind, I'm a great dancer.
10. 5 things you can’t live without.
I have a lot of treasured objects, but probably could let most things go if necessary. All except family and friends. Music. And plumbing.