Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth & Jeff Warner. Them and their team share their story with us below:
Located in the heart of Franklin, TN, KnotHead Studios is a family-run small business. We locally source our reclaimed wood and materials from the surrounding area. Our designs are inspired by our family’s interests and experiences. We hope that our products help bring a little charm and nostalgia to your home as well!
KnotHead Studios was created in honor of James L. Smith, Jeff’s father-in-law. When Elizabeth was a child, James would tell her stories about a character he made up, KnotHead the Bear. After James passed away, Jeff inherited a lot of equipment (and wood!) from James and he dedicated his woodshop to him. James loved woodworking, and their shared love of the craft was one of the many things James and Jeff had in common.
All of the items we create are inspired by the materials. From the inception to the completion, the texture, color and age of the wood dictate the final outcome. Combining old-world craftsmanship and a desire to breathe new life into vintage wood, KnotHead Studios pieces are one of a kind!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Jeff and Elizabeth both have backgrounds in fine art, so the actual product creating has been an easy party. While there is always some trial and error to find what customers are interested in and the right price point to sell the items at, we find that when we are excited about something, they are excited too.
Finding the right venues to sell in has been the part that has taken the most work- including to transitioning to an online platform mid pandemic. After five years, we have nailed down a good system for choosing craft shows and met some great people to work with.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
While our business began with our reclaimed wood states, specifically our Tennessee’s with HOME and the iconic Tri Star, our seasonal outdoor decor has developed quite the following. Each season we introduce a few items meant to be used in a garden or front porch setting. Our winter Snowmen and this year’s Gingerbread Men have been a big hit, along with our Jack O’ Lanterns at Halloween, Patriotic Pops in the Summer, and Flip Flops in the Spring. Our reclaimed wood ornaments are another item that people can’t wait for us to bring out every year. We think the character of the wood we use, as well as the whimsy of each piece is what makes people excited. All of our items are treated with an outdoor weather sealer, so they are safe to use outdoors under normal seasonal conditions.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
We are truly a family run business, and if you see us at an event, you’ve probably met our family members. Elizabeth’s mom, affectionately referred to as Mumsy, runs our booth and our shows. She is a social butterfly and loves meeting new people. There is no way we could produce the volume of product we do during the craft show season if we did not have her to manage the shop front. Jeff’s parents, Bebe and Papaw also help out in the shop when they can, and whenever Papaw is willing, we let him drive our trailer and help us setup (and by let, we mean beg him to ). Lastly, you can’t forget Grace, the littlest KnotHead. She’s too small to do too much construction, but she loves to help however she can.
- Rustic States starting at $39.95
- Outdoor decor $24.95-34.95
- Coasters $19.94
- Ornaments $9.95
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- Website: https://knotheadstudios.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/knothead_studios/
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Elizabeth Warner, KnotHead Studios