Our rustic roots were shaped in two places: West Virginia and New Mexico. My name is Matt Snyder and I started Bear Wood Company. I grew up in West Virginia and hadn't done much traveling when I was young so I left the state in 1996 to see the country. I was in my early twenties and had nothing but a sleeping bag, very little money and a sense of adventure. It didn't take long until I found a home away from home in Taos, NM. I spent about two years there learning to build furniture from a fella who to this day runs a thriving handmade furniture business. If you ever find yourself in Taos, a tiny village that feels even tinier thanks to the giant Rocky Mountains jutting overhead, stop in and see the work by David Mapes at New Mexico Furniture Co.. You won't be sorry you did. Anyhow, I came back to West Virginia in '98 and continued building furniture through the years and finally struck out on my own in 2015 to start Bear Wood Company.
Our branding statement, calling card, slogan, marketing tagline, ah, whatever you want to call it is, "Always Home". It fits. It's simple. It's what we're about. Hopefully, you'll get that warm and fuzzy feeling of home when you think of us, or see that phrase on our website or one of our social posts. If you see it enough, maybe it'll even subconsciously influence you to buy something. That'd be cool with us. We hope you enjoy our products as we continue to grow and be part of our community.