Courtesy of Three Trees Workshop
By Alex Stewart
Three Trees Workshop is a homegrown wood shop, but the idea for Cynthia and Nathan Epp’s product line came from across the world.
The couple met as Peace Corps volunteers in Uganda. The two then moved back to the US and married, but they moved to Kenya in 2013 to do more work. There, Cynthia was struck by the family bonds she saw.
“One thing that appealed to both of us is the focus on relationships and community,” she says. “We want to create products that encourage people to connect with each other.”
In 2014, they returned to the US to settle down. Nathan now crafts everything from toys to cutting boards in their home shop. He primarily uses black walnut, maple, cherry, and hackberry but also includes exotic woods for accents. Above all, he tries to use Missouri wood.
“People lose the sense of where something comes from with internet commerce,” Cynthia says. “We try to maintain that connection.”
Visit threetreesworkshop.com to learn more.