In a world filled with constant hustle and bustle, finding moments of creative expression and meditation is a true treasure. At Barthlow Boards, we believe that working with wood transcends traditional craftsmanship; it becomes a journey of artistic exploration and a meditative escape. Join us on this blog post as we delve into the soulful artistry of woodworking and the unique perspective we bring to it.

The Roots of Creativity:

Our journey begins with Mike Barthlow, whose passion for woodworking took root in high school, where he was recognized as the most outstanding Industrial Arts student. Awarded for his original designs, including a Cherry end table and an all-wooden art deco rocking horse, Mike's early experiences ignited the fires of creativity that would later shape Barthlow Boards.

From Design to Defense:

Despite pursuing a degree in design from the University of Pennsylvania, Mike's path took a different turn, leading him to over 20 years in the Defense Communications industry. However, the love for woodworking never faded. It was in 2022, when Mike's son, John Barthlow, expressed a similar interest, that the idea of a family woodworking business was born.

Nurturing Creativity Through Generations:

Since 2022, Barthlow Boards has been a testament to the intergenerational transfer of creativity. Experimenting part-time with different designs and collections, the Barthlow family has sought to find their niche in the vast woodworking market.

Etsy and Craft Fairs: Sharing Our Passion:

In 2023, we decided to invest more time in our business, launching an Etsy site and actively participating in craft fairs throughout Virginia. These platforms have not only allowed us to showcase our creations but also to connect with a community that appreciates the beauty and craftsmanship of wood.

Cutting Boards and Charcuterie Boards: A Canvas of Possibilities:

Our recent passion lies in crafting cutting boards and charcuterie boards. These functional pieces provide us with a canvas to express creativity and innovation through wood grains and patterns. Each board tells a unique story, reflecting the natural beauty of the wood we work with.

Woodworking as Meditation:

Beyond the finished products, woodworking at Barthlow Boards is a form of meditation. The rhythmic sounds of carving, the tactile experience of working with wood, and the focus required in each step create a meditative space for both our artisans and, ultimately, our customers.

Experience the Artistry:

We invite you to explore Barthlow Boards and experience the artistry, passion, and meditation woven into each creation. Our products are a celebration of craftsmanship, a nod to tradition, and an expression of the timeless beauty found in wood.

At Barthlow Boards, woodworking is more than a business; it's a family legacy of creativity and meditation. From the roots of high school awards to the bustling craft fairs of Virginia, our journey is a testament to the enduring power of creative expression through wood. Join us in celebrating the artistry and meditation found in every piece crafted with passion and dedication.