About Us

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)

our little cabin in Downeast Maine

We are a family of five, living on a homestead in Downeast Maine. It is our desire to follow God’s plan for our lives every day, and to honor God each day with the work of our hands. We are happy to offer prayerfully-made, hand-crafted items, as a Christ-centered family business. Each of the items that we offer for sale is tested by our own family’s use – we only make things for the shop that we enjoy using ourselves. And everyone in our family makes things by hand, even our kids! We hope that you enjoy the works of our hands, too!

We look forward to opening our home as a gallery and shop one day, but in the meantime, we are an online business. If you’d like to know more about our story, we hope you’ll check us out on our Social Media platforms, where we always seek to share Christ in our family’s daily life! For us, our daily life, our work life, and our faith life are all inextricably intertwined, and so we are happy to share all of that here, through our online shop, blog, and social media connections.

So come on in, and Shop for one-of-a-kind hand-crafted objects of your own! Whether it’s woodworking or sewing, origami or waxed canvas, toys and games or original books, 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!


the Michalskis
Joe, Sydney, Asher, Spencer and Genevieve

…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)
the Michalskis
Joe and Sydney
Spencer, Genevieve, Asher

why Riven Joiner?

In traditional woodworking, harvested wood is first riven, or split apart, into right-sized pieces for your project. Those pieces are then joined, using various hand-crafting techniques, to form the finished product.

I find this to be a beautiful metaphor for the Christian life, in which we are first riven from the world to be joined to the body of Christ.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 

(Philippians 3:20, BSB)
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