There's no doing business in a silo—it's all connected and it all must be considered. Here's where we talk everything from mental health to the community foodshed. Where we showcase non-profits working for justice in Asheville and craftspeople whose work resonates. Here's where we acknowledge that a business is the sum of a bunch of humans all shoved together with a shared mission—still with our own preferences, opinions, traumas, emerging solutions, loves, fears, anxieties, and desires.
Weaving with Deanna Lynch
I met Deanna Lynch in the East Fork Asheville shop a while back, and it did not take long for our conversation to turn into a full-on textile nerd-out. Deanna is a local weaver and textile designer, and she kindly sat down with me over video to chat about production work, our crafty grandmothers, and why hemp fabric is going to be the next big thing.
Textiles with a Purpose — MINNA
MINNA is a tight-knit team of seven artists, creators, and thinkers based in Hudson, NY. They are a queer woman-owned and majority queer or woman operated business, working with master artisans in Central and South America to create multipurpose products for the home.
Getting to Know Holland Bowl Mill
We chatted with Kory Gier, VP of Holland Bowl Mill, on her journey of expanding a 4th generation, 94-year-old mill from making wood shoes to contemporary bowls in Holland, Michigan.
Woodworking with Andy McFate
We're exploring Andy’s woodworking studio today, and it smells like heaven. If you’ve ever pressed your face against cedar wood and deeply inhaled, it’s like that—except the whole place smells that good so you don’t have to walk around holding a piece of wood to your face to get the effect.
Let's All Slow Down
Take a moment and enjoy an East Fork crossword with us. If you're quick, you may even win a prize.
Glassblowing with Hayden Wilson
As the bits of residual glass cool, they shatter off the blowpipes and thus the pipes are ready for the next round of production. Hayden warned us not to look down into the water because “there’s glass shattering and flying around down there,” and all throughout our visit there were ambient sounds of just that. Glass blowing is wild.
Ask any travel listicle where to plan your next getaway and 99% of them are going to tell you to come to Asheville. Clean mountain air, live music. Everyone’s got their own version of a “perfect” weekend getaway, and our style might not be your style, but we get a lot of folks asking us about where to go, what to eat, and so forth when they visit Asheville and we truly do have very strong opinions about it. And so here they are! A few of many very fun, delicious, energizing, relaxing things to do, eat, see, drink, and experience in Asheville, North Carolina.
Everybody Deserves A Home
Four times a year, we raffle off a highly collectible piece from the Small Batch Studio to raise funds for a justice and equity-minded Western North Carolina nonprofit. First up for 2020 is Homeward Bound, an organization working to end homelessness in the Asheville area. We’re hoping to raise $5,000. Please help us get there!
From the Earth: Heilbron Herbs
A warm, earthy, subtly sweet tea we can't get enough of: Color Therapy. Explore the process from sowing the seed to steeping a fresh pot of tea as we dive in with Saralyn of Heilbron Herbs, a Western North Carolina local.
Tokens of Love
We asked our team, here at East Fork HQ, to share their plans for Valentine’s Day (or previous ones), no matter if it’s love-related or not, and we got some juicy responses.
Night Swim & Friends...
Night Swim is an unexpected JOY to behold alongside so many past East Fork seasonals.
Colorful Pages Coalition
Kids are able to imagine a future rife with possibilities when their images are reflected on the pages of their books.
Sizing Chart: Big, Little & In The Middle
Online shopping can be hard. We hope this chart helps you find the sizes that are right for you.
An Interview with Katie Button
We revisited this 2016 conversation between East Fork co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Connie Matisse and Cúrate owner and chef Katie Button on raising babies while running businesses.
Queen of Coffee: An Interview with Stumptown's Mallory Pilcher
An interview with Stumptown's Mallory Pilcher where we talk road-trips, Mr. Coffee machines, and heirloom beans.
Definitive Ranking of 8 Adored Holiday Cookies
A definitive ranking of holiday cookies by team East Fork.
Eating together is something that makes us human, and it's an indispensable East Fork value. We make dinnerware because we believe in the quiet power of sharing meals, not only during the holidays, but year round.
Vote, vote, vote!
We wanted to be one more little cricket on your shoulder encouraging you to register to vote and cast your ballot this election season. A lot of us are focused on Presidential elections, which is awesome but the mid-terms are equally worthy of our attention.
East Fork's Definitive Ranking of Breakfast Cereals
It was the 90's and all was chill. Bill Clinton was president, cell phones hadn't fully caught on, I was a terrible mother to my pet Tamagotchi, and we were eating cookies for breakfast.
The Asheville Dating Guide (Bonus Material Included!)
Four Asheville date ideas that make the most of our little mountain town. Plus, take a quiz to see if you are a match for a blind date with our CFO John Vigeland! Swoon.
Down to the Brass Tacks
Lue Brass's handmade tableware, serving ware, and useful instruments are store staples that are made for the very purpose of bringing objects of beauty into the everyday.
Holiday Entertaining, Simplified
Do yourself a favor this year, and learn how to put together a charcuterie board with real finesse.