Red Road Woodworks
Sustainably produced functional art
Family owned and operated since 1985
Red Road Woodworks was founded by Brad Archote; a rural Arkansas homesteader from South Louisiana, he was an organic farmer and woodworker who moved to the mountains during the Back-to- the-Land Movement of the 1970's. A love for food and cooking led to a love for handmade kitchen utensils. Struggling to raise a family on a sustainable farm in rural Arkansas, Brad mastered the woodworking skill and the family business was born! As the woodworks and the farm grew, Brad extended the work out to his children, who were raised on the steps of the wood shop. Now his grandchildren play on those steps while his children craft the spoons. Brad passed away on July 20, 2014 and the two daughters, who grew up by his side in the wood shop, took over. Now Red Road Woodworks is owned and operated by a second generation - while a third is being raised on the same farm.
Cetan Archote is co-designer and producer with sister Jordan Archote contributing additional designs and managing. When demand is high, cousins and neighbors are hired to meet it. Family friend Adrienne Freeman manages the businesses online identity and marketing.
Our goal is to grow our father's business and vision for sustainable living, passing it down to subsequent generations and sharing a small piece of it in your home through our beautifully crafted pieces.
The shop uses timber sustainably harvested from local land, as well as recovered woods as a result of storm damage and scraps from other area wood workers who require larger pieces. Our primary woods are Black Walnut, Cherry, Silver Maple, and Osage Orange. Each item we make is tagged with its wood variety and a little information. We also occasionally will offer items in White Oak, Red Maple, Hickory, or Pecan.
There are about ten steps in the spoon making process. Custom created templates are laid on the wood of choice and shapes are drawn out. Each piece is then carefully guided through a band saw before being sanded down to its desired shape. Next, if shaping a spoon, the bowls are gouged out to their desired depth and then the pieces are sanded again, by hand using increasingly finer sandpaper until the desired smoothness has been reached. Then the final step, everyone’s favorite - when the finished piece is rubbed with our own blend of edible cooking oils and a little beeswax and it is admired as a sustainably produced piece of functional art!
With simple basic care like hand washing and an occasional oiling, these spoons should last a lifetime, or even a couple generations.
While our business has been in operation since 1985, it is only recently that we have sought to expand it beyond our home territory and reach a wider audience. It is our goal to expand our market, growing our name within the state of Arkansas and beyond.