Watkins Wood Works began in 2001 with the creation of a medium-sized mahogany jewelry box for my wife. Since then, it has expanded into custom furnishings, cabinetry, display cases, jewelry boxes and men's accessory boxes, toys, as well as commissioned pieces.
I take inspiration from the mountains and wilderness of Utah where I grew up, as well as the greater Rocky Mountain area, learning and honing the craft passed to me by my grandfather and father. Through their influence and direction I learned to let each piece take its own form and function, learning to work with the wood and to not force a direction or design on it. I've also found inspiration in master wood workers such as Sam Maloof, David Marks, Norm Abram, Bill McDowell, James Krenov, and Art Espenet Carpenter.
I consider each piece a creation of its own, with its own lifeblood and spirit. I rarely use stains or dyes, instead allowing the grain and figure of the wood to speak its own story. I believe in using a finish that is durable enough to withstand the daily ravages of time and use, while remaining inviting to the touch and feel. Each piece receives a minimum of three coats of a specially blended mixture of boiled linseed oil and tung oil, and is finished with an oil/paste wax finish which is then hand-buffed to a satin finish.
I have found my greatest passion in the production of jewelry boxes and men's accessory boxes. These pieces always remain challenging due to their size and their required intimacy. Some pieces can take up to 120 hours of construction and finishing time, with the larger pieces reaching 200 hours.
I would like to personally thank you for your interest in my work, and I hope that you will proudly display it as the piece of art that I built it to be. I hope it brings you joy and happiness for years to come.