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Thank you for visiting us here at Riven Joiner & The Homestead Store!

 …and that you make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, even as we instructed you; that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and may have need of nothing. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, WEB)

I am a hand-craft woodworker, operating out of a home-based shop on our small homestead in Downeast Maine. Together with my wife and three children, we are seeking to honor the Lord everyday with the work of our hands, and we hope we’ll have the chance to share that with you. 

A lot of the work of my hands is woodenware for the home. I enjoy making quite a wide variety of household items from wood, as much as possible from wood harvested right off of our own land. I would be honored to craft a unique wooden object, direct from the tree, for your home!

And everyone in our family makes things by hand, even our kids! Each of the items that we offer for sale is tested by our own family’s use – we only make things for the Store that we enjoy using ourselves. We hope that you enjoy them, too!

So come on in, and Shop for one-of-a-kind hand-crafted objects of your own! Browse through the Gallery for inspiration, or take a tour of the journey from the tree to your home at How It’s Made. To learn a little more About Us, follow the Blog, or visit us on Social Media. Or Contact us anytime with a custom request, and we will be happy to work with you on a design.

It’s all in a day’s work, doing all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, and giving thanks to God the Father by Him!

And whatsoever ye do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:17, KJV)


Sounds of the Workshop

On this particular day, I had the pleasure of being joined in the workshop by my three kids: Asher (age 11), Spencer (age 10), and Genevieve (age 7). We were all working on bolts of poplar logs, and it turned into quite a symphony!

You’re listening to:
Joe on the adze, hollowing out a bowl
Asher on the scrub plane, leveling off the top surface for a bowl
Vivi on the maul and froe, riving out pieces for a bench
Spencer on the sledge and wedges, splitting out pieces for a bowl and bench
And these are just a few of the sounds of the workshop, when you’re working by hand!

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