From leather goods to fiber weaving to knives and jewelry, Colorado is awash with talented people making all kinds of things. Here are a few of the multitude of crafters west of 105 that we like
Lucky Tree Studio, Montrose
Creating awesome laser cut jewelry, ornaments, and dream catchers among other things, Lucky Tree primarily uses bamboo because it is eco-friendly, light weight, beautiful and works great to diffuse essential oils. Offering their own designs as well as bespoke pieces, each piece is sketched before being cut out of bamboo with a laser cutter.
Hayden Knife, Carbondale
Hayden Kessel forged his own path when he established his brand of custom blades back in 2015. Made from high-carbon steel, even the wood he uses in his forge is locally sourced. The modern-yet-rugged blades he produces are great for everything from the kitchen to the backcountry.
Moots Bicycles, Steamboat Springs
For almost four decades, Moots has been handcrafting bicycle frames in Colorado. Known for producing high-quality titanium road, mountain, cross and specialty bike frames, the company’s latest bike is the womble!
Vintage Overland, Grand Junction
Vintage Overland designs and builds camping trailers in Grand Junction. With attention to detail, the handmade caravans are not only one-of-a-kind, but they’re beautiful and rugged, too!
And is the tip of the crafting iceberg. Want to learn how to bind books? Check out the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride. Cedar Ridge Ranch in Carbondale can show you how to make needle felted alpaca ornaments. There is a ceramic studio in Breckenridge, confectionery classes in Pagosa Springs from Choke Cherry Tree, and batik classes in La Veta courtesy of Shalawalla Gallery.
Photo: Lucky Tree Studio