Yellowood, Our Story
The story of Yellowood, how we got started with vintage restored axes and tools, as well as hand crafted leather goods.
THE ADVENTURE STARTED WITH A DESIRE TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY. OUR WORK BLENDS A DEEP ROOTED PASSION FOR CRAFTSMANSHIP WITH A RICH SENSE OF PRIDE
FOR OUR URBAN COMMUNITY.
The inspiration for what we do came years before we had ever thought of creating Yellowood Design Studio, years before we even met.
In 1996, when Benjamin received his Great Grandfather's axe and a fire was ignited. "I wanted something of his that I knew he used, something real." That something was a plumb double bit axe which had seen better days. For years it had sat around collecting dust, but Ben saw potential in this once cherished and trusted tool.
"I always felt that his axe deserved better. It deserved more than just rusting away in a garage. Aside from a sharpening stone and a bobber he gave me, it was all I had from a man I loved so much."
A simple idea was born. Ben decided to give his Great Grandfather's axe new life. Even if he never used it again he wanted a reminder of this great man, that could be set out to share with others.
WITH THAT THOUGHT, AND CORI'S ENCOURAGEMENT,
YELLOWOOD AXE #1 "PAPPY", WAS BORN.
A family that works together.
Owner, curator, designer, stitch witch, mess cleaner-upper.
Born and raised in Northeastern Ohio, Yellowood Design Studio's leading lady has humble roots. She has an eye for modernity and forward thinking design elements, and a sensational love for all things of antiquity. She has a BFA Industrial Design from Columbus College of Art & Design.
Owner, axe restoration guru, craftsman, outdoorsy expert, quality control, mess developer.
The man behind the brilliant axe restoration is Benjamin. He grew up in Central, Ohio where his family gifted him a grand appreciation for nature. He has an eye for detail and won't quit until the job is done right. He has a BFA Interior Design from Columbus College of Art & Design.
It Takes A Village
Mike & Denise Rowley
Thank you for your critical role in Yellowood's operation. Not only does Mike (Ben's Dad) often help us restore and sharpen tools, he and Denise (Ben's Mom) also take care of our little guy, Wyeth, while we are at work during the day. Because of their daycare services, we can afford to build Yellowood and forge ahead with our dreams.
Mr. & Mrs. Derk's Works (Benjamin & Jenn Derkin) | Derk's Works
Thank you for your beautiful photography, your encouragement and your wisdom.
Derk's Works shot the lifestyle shots you see on our website.
Adam Hines | States of Design
Thank you for your creative direction and graphic design talent that helped us get our act together.
Coleman Simmeral | All Around Awesome Guy
Coleman reached out to us via Instagram in 2013 and quickly became our first ever apprentice. He can do everything we can do, and steps in when we need him most.
Lauren Davis | Lauren Davis Photography
Thank you for taking such wonderful shots of our restored tools and tirelessly editing photography for us. You are such a talented artist, we can't wait to see what the future holds for you.
Brianne DeRolph | Drift Industry.
Everyone starts somewhere. We started in Brianne's garage/shop. Thank you for housing our humble beginnings.