We are Beca Lewis Skeels and Doug Switalski. We claim stakes in the swamps of Florida's North-Central gulf coast, although in the last few years we've moved from the desert of Tucson, to the beaches of San Diego, to the mountains of Tennessee and to a holler in Southern Indiana. We moved back home to Steinhatchee, Florida in 2014, but you wont catch us in one spot for long. We live simply, work from home and are committed to community and family. We also have 15 rescue animals!
We make quality heirlooms in the swamplands of North Florida.
We work with high impact acetate frames and veneer wood, by hand, to create an unique and durable pair of sunglasses. We also make Adventure Utensils, #tinyknife charms and miniatures, modern and locally sourced wind chimes and other rad stuff for our kindred spirits. Doug has a background in furniture building, veneer work and an assortment of mechanical and technical experience. Beca has worked in the film and TV industry but found a career as a pastry chef prior to co-founding our small business Tumbleweeds Handcraft - now known as Black Springs Folk Art.
In 2011, we both quit our full time jobs to keep up with the demand of our sunglasses orders. We've handcrafted over 12,000 sunglasses in the last 4 years and have recently decided to focus on small batch, one of a kind collections, while adding home goods and apparel to our shop. It was so hard to keep up with the growing demand for our work, that after years of working on a backlog, we have recently begun to make the switch to ready to ship items. It's a slow process but we're dedicated to making the transition!
You'll find us in the wood shop most days, but when we're not working hard to get orders filled and create new art, we're stomping through the swamps, traveling in the van with our dogs or drinking coffee next to the river.
We live a simple life and love to create beautiful things. Shop the collection HERE.