For Rob and Courtney Watson, 100 Maker Woods has been a longtime dream come true. When 2020 brought some forced changes to their lives, they took the leap and made their business official.
Using as many local and reclaimed materials as possible, the Watsons offer a variety of handmade wooden jewelry, including earrings and pendants, coffee mug holders and iPhone stands. Their wood supply comes from other local woodworkers in the Joplin area and scrap pieces that would otherwise be tossed. “We’re not adding any extra scraps, just trying to be environmental about things,” Rob says. “The money we give [woodworkers] for their scraps, they get to use and reinvest in their stuff.”
Each item in the 100 Maker Woods online store is named after a natural landmark that inspired the piece, many being mountain ranges or creeks. Natural color palletes are a large source of inspiration for the Watsons, and their past travel memories often manifest themselves in their work. “If you’ve [experienced] a significant moment, like if there’s a sunrise or the colors of the trees and the way that feels and intermingles in the wild… We like to try to recreate it and give it to you,” Rob says.