Greetings readers, my name is Matt. I’ve been a builder, designer and tinkerer for some time now, and I figure it’s about time I start a record of some of my projects. This way, I can share some ideas, maybe get some ideas from you, and we can discuss building things and projects and stuff we all (hopefully you) like.

Wood&Faulk is my chosen moniker, and it comes from Woodrow and Faulkner – two streets that I lived on during my later time in Kansas. Back then, I learned so much about working on old houses, building furniture, plumbing, electrical, working on cars, wood projects, metal projects and more. I felt like I should honor those earlier years.

Most amazing thanks go to my friend and developer Erin Seale for the original programming on this project, Matt Pensworth for the current development refresh and to the brilliant photographer, Lisa Warninger, for some excellent photo contributions.



124 Responses to “About”

  1. Briar says:

    Can’t wait! Looking great.

  2. Aaron Hamilton says:

    Love it!

  3. Greg Liewer says:

    Looks good! Can’t wait to see the Shop get up and running.

  4. Great blog! I’m looking forward to more. Thanks!

  5. Sarah says:

    Dang, your blog is absolutely gorgeous. I love the simple styling. I feel like I’m reading a magazine not a blog. Keep em’ coming. Excited to see more.

  6. Simone says:

    Hi Matt;
    I like your site very crisp. You light like this site for inspiration: http://www.pietheineek.nl it might be in Dutch (it’s not a blog by the way) but I think it might be right up your alley. Good luck; Simone

  7. Amanda says:

    You’re live! I had to learn it from anna at doorsixteen. Congrats, it all looks great! :)

  8. MMP says:

    Thanks everyone! I’m happy you’re enjoying things so far!

  9. Lois says:

    Yay! Congrats on the new blog, Matt. I love the stuff you’ve shared on it already.

  10. Jason says:

    Looks great! Bookmarked!

  11. Magdalena O says:

    I am so happy this is here.

  12. Jill says:

    Lovely site- Can’t wait to see your projects!!

  13. Janelle says:

    Added to Feedly? Check. Eagerly waiting for next post? Hell yes!

  14. Hi Matt,
    Great site and great projects! I’m doing something similar with my blog (http://squaretotheworld.blogspot.com/) and I’m also in Portland. How about getting together for a coffee and talking about projects?

    • MMP says:

      Hey Brennan, looks like you’re doing some great projects! Yeah, we should definitely grap a cup and chat sometime – Always interested in shop talk. Try me at mmp[at]woodandfaulk.com

  15. Urban Weeds says:

    Fantastic self portrait Matt! Can’t wait to follow all the projects you do.

  16. Blair says:

    Great looking blog Matt, It’s been added to my list.

    I’m a graphic designer and woodworker as well and look forward to seeing new things from you. Good Luck!

  17. Wonderful content, keep ‘em coming!

  18. Bob Tilton says:

    Totally diggin’ on your site!!! Bookmarked!

  19. Ferme says:

    Great blog. Who makes your sportscoat in the self-portrait? Would love to see more offers like the belt making.

  20. Oni says:

    Just added you to my Google Reader feed! ;-)
    ps- Found out about you via http://thescoutmag.com/blog/good/1008/woodfaulk

  21. Mike says:

    Don’t know how I ended up here, but I certanely don’t regret it! Added you to my Google Reader and I’m looking forward to new posts :)

    Rock on,

  22. Clark says:

    I appreciate you sharing your projects. It’s amazing how the mind gets to workin’ as you see other projects people work on. I look forward to keeping an eye on your projects. Your site looks great. Very well done.

  23. Greg Liewer says:


    Any significance to the 901 number on the glass of the door?


  24. sarah says:

    I have never felt the need to throw this out to a blogger before, but… I think I love you!! Keep up the great work.

  25. Christian says:

    Love your blog. Put a smile on my face ….merci

  26. Robert Rahm says:

    I love what you’ve designed and created. My wife, (Jocelyn) and I will be opening a store in North Portland by late spring. The store will primarily be one of kind furniture, unique vintage pieces, items by local makers, and various mediums of local fine art. The idea is to tell our narratives, for ex. how an industrial table base with a reclaimed barn wood top is sourced, built, and by whom. We’d like to talk if your interested in finding out more and partnering in what ever way makes sense. No matter what, nice work Matt!
    beam & anchor

  27. kayko says:

    Hi Matt,
    I just came across your blog and website a few weeks ago. I love what you’re doing! It’s very inspiring and it’s motivating me to turn my basement into a creative workspace/studio. The photography is great too.


  28. Michele says:

    Hi Matt. I love all the items you’ve created including the leather and wood stool featured on Design Sponge today. Your creations are beautiful and simple in form but of great quality. I really like your belts especially in a dark brown leather. Will they ever be available for purchase? Please keep me on your email list for new products if possible. Thanks.

    • MMP says:

      Thanks Michele! Not sure if the belts will ever be retailed… but maybe? I’ll send out a bulletin if they are!

  29. Great Job. love your work.

  30. clasic says:

    love it Matt…

    hello and respect from indonesia…


  31. Emily says:

    Immediately impressed with your work, especially leather-working. Beautiful – keep it up.

  32. Josh says:

    Congratulations on the new endeavor, Crisp, clean, stylish and smart, as usual.

    All the best,


  33. kenneth says:

    I really like the webside!
    Congratulations from Barcelona.



  34. Fadzli says:

    Hi I am an industrial designer from Malaysia and I really like this!

  35. A friend of mine sent me the link to your site and I am in love with it-not you, don’t worry. I am happily married to a man…
    I really like the style of the blog, the photography and the projects you choose. I appreciate anyone that can do things for themselves-the ol DIY type of person. That’s the kind of gal I am. We’ve remodeled several houses, build crap all the time and love to create. And I’m from Manhattan, KS-so there seems to be that Kansan connection going on here. I don’t meet many people from Kansas, so my ears always perk up when I see/read that.
    I just did a tutorial on my DIY Spinning Composter, and even shot a video for it. Here’s the link to that, in case you get bored sometime or want to check in on another Kansan and make sure she’s representin’:

    and here’s a link to just the video of the Composter in case you aren’t in the mood to read:

    • MMP says:

      Hey Rebekah, thanks for the note, and always great to hear from fellow Kansans. I’ll check out that DIY, seems like a lot more efficient than my own neglected compost bucket.

  36. visnja says:

    so how can one do a similar site? are you on wordpress? blogger? who helped out?

  37. Yvonne says:

    Matt, Love the blog and the work! Found out about you through the Bizarr, which is going to be awesome! Would love to feature your work on my blogs! Nice stuff :)

    • MMP says:

      Thanks Yvonne, I’m happy you’re reading. Feel free to feature anything on your blog, I appreciate you getting the word out!

  38. Patricia says:

    Greetings from Boston!
    Love your website and your God given talent of creating beautiful things. Your capacity to partner fashion accessories, recreational luxuries and the practical is extraordinary. Great Work!

  39. Eli says:

    Hi i came across your website and it is stuning
    And i wanted to ask you and maybe give you a great tip for your next product.
    i am a web designer from NY and we all use iPads here and so does the rest of the world,
    Can you make a leather case for the ipad i think that would be your best seller and it is well within your reach from what i am seeing and there aren’t many good one out there.

  40. Fi says:

    Hey Matt,

    Love your work, I first stumbled upon your work through design sponge. I love your tutorials they are excellently executed. I was going to ask your advise , we (a small design collective) based in Dublin, Ireland run a quarterly 6hour workshop whereby participates up-cycle an assigned material into something else. Example of previous workshops include a up-cycled chair workshop and a the latest one entailed participants making giant chess pieces from factory off cuts.

    The latest one in the pipeline is maybe transforming leather upholstery offcuts from a car manufacturing business to some form of bicycle accessory.
    Any ideas of nice things we could do with leather offcuts? All I can come up with is something like this http://www.instructables.com/id/Cover-your-worn-bicycle-saddle-with-real-leather/ . However it seems rather lam, if you have any ideas of anything better I would love to hear from you ,



    • MMP says:

      Hi Fi, thanks for the kind words. Sounds like you’ve got a cool program going. Have you thought of doing small tool roll or pouch? Maybe small handlebar mounted bag to keep your phone/keys while riding? Good luck with your projects!

  41. raybanfan says:

    Wonderful styling and eye for details. I really enjoy browsing your pages. Cheers.

  42. Erica says:


    Just discovered your ‘wares’ when a client walked into our store here in Toulouse-FR. Had to know what this Wood & Faulk was all about. Great stuff. Keep up the wonderful work.

    Be well.

  43. Phil says:

    Nice site. Just needs more! How about sharing some of your favorite sites for design (or fashion) inspiration?

  44. Carla says:

    Love it!!

    Hello from Buenos Aires!!!

  45. Anu Karwa says:

    Hi – just wondering if you can do the 12″ bag in gray. Thanks!

  46. Hael says:

    Wow. amazing! very creative!

    I want ask something, but sry if my english not good.

    How did you make your brand (leather stamps)? maybe i want request video or article about stamping process.

    Thanks! (from Jakarta, Indonesia)

  47. David says:

    Hi Matt, all of your stuff looks fabulous. I’m wondering if you’re going to be bringing back for sale the brown leather watchband that you made for the Design Sponge DIY. I’d rather have you do it for me !
    Thanks from MA

    • MMP says:

      Thanks David. That was an odd lot of leather and I don’t know if I’ll be able to get more. The new stuff will be Horween leathers for the watch bands.

  48. Joe B says:

    Hi Matt,
    I am a recently retired police officer and stumbled onto your site cause i was searching images of Red Wing Iron Rangers, I like your work. What type of sewing machine Make/Model any special set up features to sew leather? I tinker with some of the leather goods for my fellow officers and have been wanting to get a sewing machine…any help is appreciated. Joe BTW I bought the Black Iron Rangers and I’m breaking them in now>>>>

    • MMP says:

      Hi Joe, I started with a Juki LU-562 with a gear reduction servo motor. Makes leather sewing slow and easy. Good luck with your projects!

  49. Chris says:

    Hi Matt,

    Really enjoyed your post on the leather lunchbox, your design is awesome. Did you source that leather like some of your other creations from the SB Tannery? Or perhaps there is another source you go to?

    The leather you use looks fantastic, and your projects are inspiring. Thank you for sharing them.


  50. Mrs Johnnie says:

    Just found you, glad I did.

  51. Lori says:

    Love Love your products ….found you on Pinterest! So going to order one of your bags and a belt for the hubby!!!

  52. Ian Russell says:

    Hello Matt,about 12 months ago i stumbled upon your web page.As a result i made a camera wrist strap for my brothers xmas present,he loved it,anyway fast forward to now,i now make card holders,wallets etc for my friends and barber shop customers.I have just bought a singer 201k,hand cranked for slow learning.Anyway,many thanks Matt,i check you out every week,love what WOOD&FAULK does.My father was an engineer,his father was a tailor and his father made steam engine valves,i now make things.Regards Ian Russell,Manchester north west England.

  53. fred says:


    saw the watchstraps like it a lot what sizes do you offer ?

    Thanks Fred

  54. Doug Shoemaker says:

    Love the blog and have been following it over a year. Just moved to PDX to get my Ph.D. at PSU. Yikes.
    Anyway, I think my feet are like yours (wide) and I would like some boots…maybe a little bit more “urban” than the Redwings, although those are admittedly cool. Any recommendations where to shop?

  55. Jackie says:

    I am interested in your duffle bags. Besides the size difference can you explain the differences between the Northwestern 20in and the Navy Deluxe 20in Carpenter’s Bag? Thanks for your help, I want to make a purchase as soon as I hear back! Thanks!

    • MMP says:

      Hi Jackie, those are both the same interior dimensions, but one is waxed canvas with the outer pocket and steel frame. The deluxe has untreated canvas and an aluminum frame.

  56. Paula says:

    Dear Matt,

    I’m a big fan of your thoughtfully written blog and beautifully executed products. (also curious to read more updates about your Land Cruiser)

    I’ve just recently discovered the work of Claire Painter who specializes in equestrian leather products in Kentucky. Thought that you might find the equestrian-inspired belts interesting.


    Happy holidays!

    p.s I wish her company had a less cheese-tastic name.

  57. Peter says:

    Your work is beautiful. I have bookmarked your site. Off point, where did you get that awesome tweed in the photo above?

  58. Joe B says:

    Hi Matt,
    Joe B. here, thanks for the reply a few months back, So I broke down and purchased a leather sewing machine Consew 205 RB1……It is really powerful and fun to use. Just wanted to know where I can purchase some Horween Chromexel Cowhide…… BTW how is that Land Cruiser doing. I have a 1997 Ford F350 4×4 available to sell, I have no room for it, it runs great….I drove it back from Missouri to California……

    • MMP says:

      Hey Joe, congrats on your new machine. I buy Chromexcel from the tannery, so you might contact them and see if they have a retailer list for small quantities. The Cruiser is doing great, with I had more time to work on it and when I do, I’ll post more!

  59. Gary Scott says:

    Great products! Had a question wanting to know if you have a retail shop? I live in Portland area.


  60. Anja says:

    hi, may i ask you which font you are using for your website?

  61. lew d says:

    Glad i found your site. Your work’s not only cool but feels like it comes from a real and well formed place.

  62. syarifa says:

    greetings from Indonesia,
    i’m so in love with your works, especially using leather in furniture. i would like to have those tools, where did you get those tools? i’m planning to built furniture workshop someday, and i can’t find good tools here in Indonesia
    hope you can help me, thank you and sorry for my bad English :)

    • MMP says:

      Hi Syarifa, first of all your English is excellent. I bought most tools in town or from a large leather supplier in Ohio. I’m not sure of the best way to get tools in Indonesia… try looking for a CS Osborne dealer that can ship or sells nearby. Good luck with your projects!

  63. Sam says:

    Hi W&F,

    I was looking through a design blog and your branding really caught my eye. Effortlessly cool – very much like the products! I often have a quick read of your site and catch up on what your up to!

    I’m a textile designer from the north of England, and I’d love to incorporate leather into some of my products. I was wondering if you could offer a list of some of the tools I’d need to get started in cutting and shaping leather. In theory, I’d like to have a go at things similar to your camera/key ring straps and maybe (after much practice!) the leather lunch bag.

    Hope you can help.


    • MMP says:

      Thanks for reading, Sam. I’d go through my old DIYs and check the tool list. Punches, awl, mallets, rivet drivers… all useful items. Really depends on what you’d like to make though, there’s lots of tools for many unique applications.

      • Nara says:

        I would like to know the rawhide mallet with black center or something
        that you use , which look awesome and unique
        can you tell me where to buy it

        Thank you

        • MMP says:

          Hi Nara, that’s a 3lb. rawhide mallet from Vaughan. I bought it at a local hardware store. C.S. Osborne also makes a nice one. A little searching and I bet you can find both online.

  64. naryung kim says:


    I am korean, studying leather goods, My wife an I love your product!!!!
    I found your product at store then I purchased the bag for my wife right away!!

    My wife loves it!!

    now I am living in korea, but I am planning to go USA for studying English and US Culture this summer.

    if there any chance to meet you or visit your original store or your workshop???

    I will be so happy to have a time to meet you!!


    • MMP says:

      Hello Naryung Kim!

      Thanks for the kind words. You are definitely more than welcome to visit the shop. We’re above the Beam&Anchor retail shop, and if you ask them, they will let you up to see our workshop. The address is 2710 N. Interstate Ave., Portland OR 97227.

  65. Limis says:

    hi I’m Limis .i am very intresting in your work.It is wonderful.

  66. Tfilms says:

    What camera is that?

  67. Uwe says:

    Hi Matt,
    I follow you since the first time, and happy were you are now. Congratulations!
    I’m from Germany. Since 2 years i work with leather. Just 4 me Not for Business.
    Now its Time to Build up the w&f Camp stool in a modified Version with my hands.
    Thanks for your excellent diy Instruction. Is there an Option to get the exact measurement of the leather?
    I saw your pdf of the Seatcover but i would be happy if you could help.
    Best Wishes (sorry for the Bad englisch)

    • MMP says:

      Hi Uwe, thanks for the note and happy you’re working on some projects. The campstool seat dimensions are about 14″ each side of the rectangle. Best of luck! Matt

  68. Elke says:

    Just wanted to say that your studio is gorgeous – your product speaks for itself & I was just reading your post with my 13 year old while he’s playing the ukulele & I’ll have to say, haven’t been so happily entertained in ages.I’m still giggling about the salami sheath- great job-

    • MMP says:

      Hi Elke, I’m happy you’re enjoying the posts and I especially like that you’re reading along with your kiddo serenading.

  69. Alice Perez says:

    I visited Anchor and Beam a couple weeks ago and wrote the article here is the link. I hope you can share with friends, pin it, tweet it, anything to spread the word, would be greatly appreciated

  70. I became hooked on travel bags over the last twenty years flying back and forth from Sarasota, Fl to Austin, Tx on business and pleasure. After a while you cannot help but learn a little about quality and design with regard to mens carry on luggage. I have owned an old weathered JLPowell carry on canvass with leather trim bag for years and have been very content. However, the quality , simple and direct design of your 20 inch black travel bag has me thinking about maybe purchasing one last nice piece of luggage at 58 years old. I hope you keep up the good work and become a dominant brand.

  71. Dawn says:

    This is an exquisite site. I have no doubt that your products are equally as wonderful as the photographs. Bookmarked!

    I keep seeing on searches a wonderful “blanket shade” idea that is attributed to Matt Pierce of Wood and Faulk “for Readymade.” Readymade.com seems no longer in existence, so I’m at a loss where to find instructions or tutorial. Can you help me?

    Thank you,

    • MMP says:

      Hi Dawn, I might have to dig out the files for that and republish someday. Sorry that it’s not available immediately!

      • Dawn says:

        Matt, thanks for your consideration. I do hope you will repost it eventually. In the mean time, I will enjoy your site! –Dawn

  72. Serena says:

    How much should I pay if send to China ?

  73. Kevin says:

    Hi Matt,
    My name is Kevin from California. I’ve just recently got into making/crafting leather goods. I was wondering what type of hardware you use on your belts. Snaps or rivets and is there a good online distributor of leather hardware that you could reccomend? Thanks and great work on ALL of your products!

    • Matt Pierce says:

      Hey Kevin, the easiest source is Tandy… I’ve used snaps and rivets from them when starting out. I’m lucky to have Oregon Leather Co. close for stuff like this, and they do some mail order too.

  74. Richard says:

    First of all – your bags are really something else! I have been looking all over (Saddleback, Billykirk, Wheelman and Co, Ernest Alexander, etc) and I really love yours the most. Say I wanted to purchase a Northwesterner 16″, but I wanted a customization on the bag (specifically a couple pockets on the inside in a particular place . Is this something you’d consider? If so, how could I go about discussing it with you?

  75. Gregorio says:

    Hey Matt.

    Your site is great and the products you are creating are amazing. Beautiful work!

    Do you offer any classes in making leather goods?

  76. Steve says:

    Hi Matt,

    I’ve been looking for a nice, durable leather watchband, but they are hard to come by. I see that you offer a few different leather bands. Which of these is the most durable? Thanks.

    • Matt Pierce says:

      Hi Steve, the most durable watch band leather we offer is the SB Foot / Red Wing leather that is offered. The cordovan is probably more robust, but the surface is less scratch resistant.

  77. Dan says:

    I work across the street from your business @ NCE. You guys have made that building look remarkable. Its great to see someone do something to that place. Wish you guys the best in the years to come! Dano

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