Give Local, Handmade Gifts This Holiday Season

It’s hard to believe that fall is here and with it, the anticipation of the holidays. (What happened to September?) This time of year is one of the busiest and most fun times of the year for Matrix Design Group. Because this is the season of gift-giving, when customers come to us to create handmade gifts—something one of a kind, something local—for their loved ones. These types of projects are rewarding for us, both in the process of learning about our customers and finding that exact thing that is going to put a smile on the face (or sometimes a tear in the eye) of the one receiving it.

So when you are creating your Christmas list and want to show someone how much they mean to you, Matrix can help with handmade gifts that will blow doors on something you purchase from Amazon. Whether it’s as simple as a set of garden hooks or as dramatic as a custom sculpture, we got you. Get your orders in soon—handmade gifts take a bit more time to create!

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Just in time for Halloween, this cute little forged owl keychain doubles as a can opener. 


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These roses make great gifts. We had one customer who purchased a dozen to give out to loved ones at a family reunion. They also appeared on the Bachelor TV show.

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Pottery by Luci Prestwood of Matrix Design Group is understated and elegant. Above, add sand to a votive for a pretty incense holder, below, unfinished pottery makes sweet votives or salt pigs. 

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Can you tell we love incense? This incense holder is made out of steel and is great for sticks or the compact kind that is so popular.

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Matrix Design Group Metal Owl Sculpture. We can make custom sculpture of virtually anything. 

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Forged metal hooks require no nails (see image below) and can be hammered directly into the wall. Great for keys near the door, and strong enough to hang potted plants.

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Another custom forged hook. Perfect for holding kitchen utensils, keys, towels, plants, and more. 

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We love making knives at Matrix. Above, a forged letter opener. Below, an unfinished Damascus knife. Imagine what a great handmade gift this would make with a custom handle! 

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A Matrix Design Group original, custom tray made of metal scraps. 

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Turned vases are beautiful gifts, each one unique in its markings. This one is made from a dogwood stump. 

Think outside the box with Matrix Design Studio time, which allows your loved one to spend several hours with Kelly Prestwood in his studio in Alexander, very near Asheville. They will come away with new crafting skills (forging, welding, turning wood, you name it) and a project to take home.


If you want to give something unique for your loved one this holiday season let’s get started. Give us a shout below: 

Handmade Custom Dining Room Tables for Thanksgiving

The holidays seem to be a time when people start to spruce up their home to prepare for parties, house guests, and the Thanksgiving feast. We get a lot of orders this time of year for handmade custom dining room tables from people who want something bigger or something that means a little bit more than what they might purchase from Pottery Barn or the like—not to mention local, made right here in Asheville. We’ve put together some of our favorite dining room tables (and custom bar) we’ve designed to show you the possibilities. The only real limit is your imagination, and that’s where ours takes over.

We’d love to sit down with you to discuss your lifestyle, your family, and come up with designs for a custom dining room table just in time for Thanksgiving. 

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Contemporary ash tables with six rotating chairs that will raise and lower to accommodate all guests. 


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Above and below, kitchen island with integrated knife holder and cutting board stations. Made with reclaimed white oak and walnut top and birch veneered front.


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Another view of the kitchen island with integrated knife holder and cutting board stations.

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Live-edge table and bench for a cozy dining spot!

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A reclaimed white oak table with butterfly spline accents in a breakfast nook. 

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This view is of a desk, not a table, but the concept can be applied to anything. It shows the detail of a steampunk-style quarter-sawn red oak desktop in which the customer wanted gears and mechanical motifs integrated seamlessly into the wood. 

The underside of a table, while not very useful for holding up a turkey and pumpkin pie, is interesting to look at for us furniture makers, if only to see how strong it is. This picture shows the underside of a table we made for an interior designer and its connection points.

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This is actually a complete dining table. It is a piece of spalted maple that the client then covered with glass to complete the look.

See something you like? Want something completely new? Drop us a note and let’s get your project going.