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Inspiration behind "ebb + flow"

As far back as I can remember, I've always been drawn to the ocean. Growing up in Corpus Christi, I frequently took advantage of being just a quick drive from the coast. I felt such peace being at the beach. It was my way of calming down, working things out in my head or just hitting a "hard reset" on any anxious or bad feelings I was having at the time.

Watching the tides flow in and out were a reminder of things coming and going -- a small nod that the bad feelings would dissolve and something new could come from it. I think living in a different city the past 8-or-so years has distracted me from that notion, until recently.

The phrase "ebb and flow" has been ever-present in my mind lately. Things seem to be constantly shifting in my life, sometimes more quickly than I feel I can handle. This small phrase has been my biggest help in those times: ebb and flow.

My art has usually followed a pattern of hard lines, uniformity and neat and tidy silhouettes. I wanted to create something new to me; something that could express these tides I feel like I've been flowing with lately. This collection contains a bit of my "normal" way of doing things and a bit of this new perspective I'm taking, rejecting the rigid and hard lines and opening myself up to just go with the flow.

Honeywood just celebrated its first year in business and I was reminded of all the ups and downs I felt during that first year. I've been doing something for the first time and it's hard. And throughout all this time I've learned that this is just the natural way of things. We can't have good seasons without bad. We can't have change without a little hurt sometimes.

This collection came very naturally to me, probably a first since I started Honeywood. Every line felt intentional, every shape translating my thoughts and feelings.

I did not intend for this to be a seasonal collection. I've grown increasingly more sensitive to the impact my pieces can make in someone's home. I don't want them to just be knick-knacks they keep around for a few months out of the year. I want them to permeate the seasons, change with the home and the owners. I know everyone had an "a-ha!" moment or two during the lockdown portion of the pandemic. My "a-ha!" moment was realizing just how important curating our living spaces is. I'm extremely intentional now with what I bring home or what I put up on the walls. I guess I hope that the same care is taken when people look through my collection.

Designing and creating this collection has brought me a lot of joy the past couple months, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.

ebb + flow is now available to shop online.

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Joe Porter
Joe Porter
Apr 21, 2023

I am so glad to have been able to watch you and your company grow from the very beginning! It is very inspiring watching you level-up and make your next move. I am glad to be your colleague and friend I hope to see many more collections in the future! -Joe, Cobalt Woodcraft


I've enjoyed watching the evolution of Honeywood! So impressive to pursue your dream & all that has ensued, even the "pause". I'm thrilled that your creativity has come forth to bless so many people! Don't hesitate too long when ideas come to you; you'd be surprised how much someone can completely relate.

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