BEHIND THE SEEN: TIMBER + MAIN
Tucked away between the cusps of Midtown and East Sacramento lies a forest; however rather than typical trees, planks of reclaimed wood line the walls of a warehouse waiting to receive a new life by Russell and Kelly Conroy, owners of Timber + Main.
Inside the peaceful warehouse, sounds of scraping can be heard as Russell begins carving a spoon out of walnut wood.
“When I saw this piece of scrap I knew I wanted to make a spoon that was through the dark and light section of the grain”, Russell says as he moves his hand over the wood.
The first part of crafting the perfect piece starts with being able to see the grain and knowing where to place it Kelly explains. The second part revolves around choosing the right type of wood for the product.
And for the duo, the right type of wood is one that carries a rich history that dates all the way back to the 1800’s.
“You go to this barn that’s over 100 years old,” Kelly says, “think about what it’s seen and been through. It’s like a testament to California’s history.”
Using reclaimed wood is part of the company mission. It is their way to give trees a second life. They openly describe their products as “furniture with history.”
While the history of Timber + Main doesn’t stem back 100 years, it can be said that it grew organically. The company began when the pair needed furniture for their new home. After making a dining room table, they began making pieces for friends and eventually blossomed into a full blown business with design aesthetic that is inspired by nature.
“We like the idea of bringing nature inside,” Russell says of how the wilderness inspires their designs.
Kelly points to a nearby table in progress and explains how each knob in the wood represents a branch that used to be there.
Embracing these characteristics is part of the couple’s desire to “showcase the beauty trees can be even after they’re done being trees”, Kelly says.
Just like a tree, Timber + Main is growing and the duo plans on branching into new materials.
For now Timber + Main is in a “making period,” focusing on creating products like their wooden spoons, and the cheese boards featured at DISPLAY: California. While plans of their own store may be far out on the horizon, selling their unique products at stores like DISPLAY: California provides a way for these local makers to participate in what Kelly describes as the “creative renaissance” happening in the city. “Being a maker in Sacramento during this time is exciting,” Kelly says, “it’s something I never thought I would be apart of.”
You can bring home your own piece of “furniture with history” at DISPLAY:California, where Timber + Main is proudly featured. DISPLAY:California is open Tuesdays – Sundays from 11 am – 5 pm. For more information visit DISPLAY:California.