Heritage of Craftsmanship
As a kid I was always infatuated with watching my grandfather work. 'Papa Wes' handcrafted some of the finest rings and pocket watches that still tick to this day.
His jewelry was made in humble spaces, and sold out of a small-town storefront in Cedar City, Utah.
From a young age, I could sense his line of work was more than a form of income. His charismatic and endearing character was represented by what he did for a living.
Everyday was lived through passion, and it was not only reflected in the quality of his work, but in his life.
In the summer of 2017, I bought a cheap leather working starter kit and some scraps of leather to replace my previous wallet. With the mindset molded from 10 years of carpentry work, if something is broken - you either learn how to fix it yourself, or die trying.
I loved each of my carpentry jobs, but there was something about leather working that just clicked. I started watching dozens of tutorials and spent countless hours practicing the craft.
It became my greatest passion.
During this time, I was a full-time student working on a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology, as well as working an ordinary 9-5 to help with the bills. Long story short, not a whole lot motivated me to get out of bed in the morning.
Until now, I always prioritized security over passion. I sat in classes I had little interest in, paid for it with money I didn't have, and gave up the large majority of my time in hopes that one day it gave me a secure job, whether I was passionate about it or not.
The more time and energy I invested into leather working, the more this concept didn't make sense to me. So much to the point that I took a huge breath, withdrew from all my classes, put in my two weeks and tried something I never imagined I would ever do.
I started a business from scratch in February of 2018, put my passion to work, and crossed my fingers. Entrepreneurship, especially in the market of handcrafted goods, is a roller coaster of highs and lows. Regardless, the quality of life provided by prioritizing passion supersedes anything else.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for your interest in my work.
Without your support, this couldn't be a reality.
A little about me:
My name is Bryan Warner, I work full time out of my garage here in Corvallis, Oregon.
My wife Rachelle and I are from Salt Lake City, Utah, from where shortly into our marriage we made the arbitrary decision to pick up and venture off into the Pacific Northwest.
Our game plan didn't see far past simply experiencing the surreal nature and environmentally conscious culture in the small town of Corvallis. We are infatuated with nature and spend most of our time hiking, exploring the Pacific Coast, and of course, working.
We are expecting a baby girl in May, and could not be more excited!