In 1995, Courtney and Aryn met in Ely, Minnesota and have been together ever since. The couple moved to Duluth in 1998 to finish college at University of Minnesota Duluth and later married. Courtney and Aryn knew they had something special when they realized how much they enjoy working together-- combining Courtney’s woodworking skills with Aryn’s artistic eye to create Longshadow Woodworks in 2006. The husband and wife team moved to a small farm just north of Little Falls, Minnesota in 2010. Moving to a larger property allowed them to expand Longshadow Woodworks and also fulfill a lifelong dream of operating a small farm.
Over eight years of experience as a professional woodworker allowed Courtney to recognize the value that remained in wood manufacturing cast-offs. Aryn took the next step by combining these pieces of wasted wood into beautiful, handmade, functional art.
The wood used in their process are rippings and cut-offs produced by businesses anywhere from large wood product manufacturers to small sawmills and cabinet shops. By reclaiming this manufacturing waste, Longshadow Woodworks prevents valuable material from being chipped, burned, or simply thrown away.
Each piece of wood is hand selected for its grain and character and is then laminated, planed, shaped, sanded, and finished. Since reclaimed hardwoods are used, each piece is unique.
"In our work, we strive to combine beauty and function while doing our part to use our natural resources wisely."