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    AT HOME WITH MATT PIERCE
    Owner of Wood & Faulk, Portland, OR
    Sept 16, 2014  |  BY TARIQ DIXON
    Matt Pierce, founder of the artisan brand Wood & Faulk, is a self-described 'tinkerer.'

    A designer by trade, Matt has been tearing things apart and rebuilding them since his early days in Kansas.

    We first learned of Mr. Pierce after stumbling upon his beautiful collection of waxed canvas bags - little did we know, Wood & Faulk started only three years prior as a humble DIY blog. Looking for another outlet to explore his passion for creating, Matt began posting his personal secrets for everything from pickling brussels to reclaiming old barn doors. Enthusiasm for his nifty tips quickly compounded, and his lil' ole website soon evolved into a full collection of hand-crafted leather goods.

    When planning our recent trip to Portland, Mr. Pierce was top of mind, assuming his brand's rugged, yet sleek qualities would translate to a wonderfully masculine and unique home. Certainly, our intuitions didn't fail us.
    We were thrilled when Matt invited us to spend an afternoon at his incredibly charming, century-old bungalow. Naturally opting for a fixer-upper upon moving to Portland seven years ago, Matt walks us through the process for transforming the historic, but somewhat ailing space into his ideal, lifelong home.

    We were especially impressed by the personal hand he applies to everything he keeps in his company - from reviving an old Eames lounger himself, to creating a dining table from his home's original ceiling beams.

    Check out the full tour of Matt's custom-fitted bungalow, and to shop the products inspired by his eclectic style.
  • SO, HOW DID THE WOOD & FAULK BLOG END UP TRANSFORMING INTO WOOD & FAULK THE BRAND?

    It all really started with the 'leather wear-in belt experiment' where I sold 20 vegetable-tanned leather belts and asked the buyers to document their experiences. I wanted to learn how they wore in, how they interacted with your hands as you touched them, how the leather changes, and so forth. After the experiment, I received a lot of requests for the belts, so I slowly started to produce them. It was never really a planned business, but now I can't see myself not doing this.

  • WHAT'S YOUR PROCESS FOR CONCEIVING OF AND DESIGNING NEW PRODUCTS?

    I've always been a designer that likes to get a bunch of material and start messing with stuff. It may not be the most efficient, but it's certainly the way I like to think through things. It's just funny because I come from a graphic design background, so I am very well-versed in the digital process. But as soon as I'm in here, I get the material out, start sewing and cutting. Its way more fun to just dig in.

  • As soon as I'm in here, I get the material out, and start sewing and cutting. It's way more fun to just dig in.

  • WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE?

    The home is from 1908, and the main structure was only two rooms. The front room, back room and kitchen have all been added on at some point since. But when I first moved in, the home had the cheapest plastic Pergo flooring throughout, so I had new white oak installed. And because Portland is so dreary, people paint their homes bright and cheery colors, but in all the wrong ways. I'm talking avocado and salmon - HGTV gone completely wrong. So my first reaction was to paint the inside entirely white.

  • HAD YOU DONE ANY RE-MODELING WORK IN THE PAST?

    Back when I lived in Kansas I owned a couple homes and always loved tinkering around. I spent four and half years before I could buy [in Portland], so I had a lot of pent up energy when I got this place. I was ready to tear down some walls!

    It was fun to dig in, look under the surfaces, and try to figure out what was here before. It's been a fun project.

  • I spent four and half years before I could buy, So I had a lot of pent up energy when I got this place. I was ready to tear down some walls!

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  • Because Portland is so dreary, people paint their homes bright and cheery colors, but in all the wrong ways...My first reaction was to paint the inside entirely white.

  • There are few other pieces that I want other than these guys, but it took ten years of buying and reselling to assemble the perfect group of furniture.

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