My name is Steven Kidwell. I have been a designer for over 25 years, and during that time I have designed many things for many people. In 2005, I started making books, bracelets, and monkey fists for friends and family. I often received encouragement to start selling my goods.
So, in 2013 I decided to do just that....create custom items for unique individuals.
I really love what I do, both with the product on this website as well as my "day job". I feel very fortunate, as my career has allowed me to travel the world, and be inspired by other cultures and people. I always attempt to have some unique twist or feature to my version of whatever it is I am making. For example, my book design grew out of a fascination with a small portable notebook that had replaceable inserts, but that did not use elastic to secure the insert...I really don't like elastic...it never lasts. So, I used my knowledge of knots to design a new 'system' to secure the removable books.
This same knot is used on my bracelets, which is a fairly common solution throughout Asia. I like to add unique, hard to find, vintage, and precious metal beads to my bracelets. Sometimes, I'll make a "One of Kind" bracelet, because I only found one or two cool beads on my travels.
The Monkey Fist Keychain that I tie completely conceals the ends of the leather lace inside the core of the knot. I add copper plated steel BB's to add weight and shape to the knot itself. The keychain alone is made up of nearly 4 feet of premium leather lace. For the Boy Scouts, I make a necklace version that requires 5 feet of leather lace.
Nothing I make is mass produced, and I make all the products myself by hand. Thanks so much for your interest. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.