(A letter from our founder)
I’ve been an artist and designer in some capacity for as long as I can remember.
I started Autumn Summer to scratch my own artistic itch, but I continue to run it today out of a love for woodworking, creating quality products, and all of the people with whom we get to share our story.
In fact, the items that we create are all about stories.
The wood tells it’s story in it’s grain and coloring, we add our story in our design, and we add your story when we add your custom engraving.
Every letter written, every beer opened, every gift given is a story.
To a big business you’re just a number, but with us you’re working directly with our close-knit team to keep the art of custom woodworking alive: so I can honestly say that you matter.
Your order, your business, your experience matters.
We’ve found the sweet spot between a hobby craftsperson and a mass producing corporation. We have the techniques, tools and capacity to create bulk custom orders into the thousands of pieces, delivered on time in a consistent high quality, but without losing the heart and soul of a small business.
We have a very simple product philosophy: keep it simple.
We handcraft all of our products in our Maryland based shop, and all of our products are made with sustainably sourced hardwoods.
We never use stains, dyes, or hard “plastic-y” finishes, so when you see “Walnut”, that means the product was made from a Walnut tree. It’s not a Walnut stain or a Walnut laminate. It’s genuine Walnut wood, finished with a natural, clear oil… as nature intended.
I would be remiss not to mention everyone that’s helped Autumn Summer become the company that it is today.
I’ve watched it grow from just an idea, to a manufacturing company that’s really making an impact. From an unheated shed to a full woodshop/warehouse, and from an individual pen maker to a team of craftspeople creating corporate gifts in multiple product categories.
To all of the mentors, family, employees, and especially the customers that have supported us over the years: thank you… and keep the stories coming.
- Ryan Herbstsomer, Founder, Autumn Summer, LLC
Ryan created Autumn Summer to offer practical wooden gifts for companies and individuals.
When he's not in the shop, Ryan can be found running or sampling the newest craft beer.
Genevieve is our chief pen maker.
If she's not at the wood lathe, Genevieve is most likely practicing calligraphy, creating beautiful stationary, or teaching yoga.
Tyler makes our bottle openers, flasks, and anything else that isn't turned on a lathe... and makes sure that all of your orders head out the door safely and on time.
“Autumn Summer” is the English translation of Ryan’s German last name, Herbstsomer.