About the Company
My name is Bennett Cooper and I founded the Company in 2020 as my creative outlet. As well as a woodworker for the Company, I am an Airman in the Michigan Air National Guard, and a full-time college student at Grand Valley State University. I donate a lot of my work to the Armed Forces Foundation's Artwork by Veterans program. Check out their website! ArtworkByVeterans.org
This craft fosters connections—to people, history, the materials, the region. The Company collects and restores vintage and historic tools of the Great Lakes region (mostly axes and hammers), and hand-carves new handles for them using hardwoods from downed trees and invasive species. This niche art form focusses on reconnecting with the past, strengthening our relationship with nature, and building a more sustainable future. This work with traditional tools encompasses and reinvigorates the cultural and natural resources of the Great Lakes region.
Every tool you see here has a vintage head and a hand carved handle: rusty old tools are given new life, and local downed trees are used for custom handles. Everything here has rich history and a story to tell. If you need a beautiful and unique gift or a practical and strong tool to use, this is the place for you.