What: Minimalistic, geometric and edgy pieces, from jewelry to wall hangings, wood coasters to dog tags, with a modern style incorporating natural materials, such as wood and cork, and seeking to highlight the beauty of the materials’ grain and color. $8-$140.
Who: Owner Kristen Shearon earned her degree in art and design, while husband Denver’s hobby was woodworking. After graduating she knew she wanted her own business and to work for herself. The couple was living in the woods of Montana, a place where working outdoors wasn’t always feasible, so they purchased a laser-engraving machine they could use indoors. “Once we started working with it, we quickly decided that wood was the preferred material choice. The designs started to flow at a rushing pace, and Havok Designs was born,” Kristen Shearon says.
How: The couple is working to blend “old school,” traditional woodworking techniques with the new school – in the form of the laser-engraver. Lately, that means incorporating traditional woodworking techniques into pieces and finding ways to layer wood to provide depth. While pieces may start out on the laser-engraver, they may also receive some hands-on love and care, whether in the form of hand-sanding, belt-sanding, painting, staining or adding other materials to the finished product.
What’s in a name: Keeping it edgy, she says: “Havok is what happens in the space between before and after. It’s the transformation, the evolution from something raw to something refined.”
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Inspiration: The couple lived a nomadic lifestyle. Moving around allowed her to take inspiration from the places the couple lived and traveled, whether in the geometric shapes of Miami or the rustic, natural setting and beauty of Montana.
Favorite piece: While her favorites change as often as the products they design and create, Kristen Shearon says the first product designed for Havok was a set of origami crane magnets, and those magnets continue to be one of the most popular series among customers. “People really seem to connect with those cranes. We keep the first set that we ever made on our fridge as a reminder of how far this business has come and show where it started.”
Find it: www.havok-designs.com.
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