About Us

You may have seen a wooden bow tie on TV, on the red carpet, or you might have considered making one for a do-it-yourself project, but what if the wood used to make the bow tie had a story?  In other words, if you are looking for a truly unique gift for someone special that holds a piece of history, a wooden bow tie from StoryWood is right for you.

We also have other products outside of wooden bow ties that complete your look such as belt buckles, earrings, wood-accented fedoras, pocket squares, and other items made from wood from famous places in the world.


What sets our wooden bow ties apart


Located in Louisville, Kentucky, we have a unique product because our wooden bow ties are specifically created from wood reclaimed from renovations.   This means when a historic building is being repaired, we take the old lumber and make it into something that can be worn by their biggest fans.

For example, Whiskey Row in Louisville was our first project, and the wood reclaimed from that site is part of the oldest history in the city.  Our future wooden bow tie collections will feature lumber from a barn on the grounds of Churchill Downs and the Louisville Slugger Museum, and we have at least four other historic places to be announced in 2017.


The perfect gift for him or her


Finding the perfect gift for your favorite tomboy, a groomsman, best man, son, uncle, brother, or dear old dad can be a real challenge.  Instead of giving money or a gift card, gifts like wooden bow ties never go out of style, look great on men and women — but they also carry a story.  For baseball fans, our Louisville Slugger factory wooden bow ties are an ideal present to a man or woman because the reclaimed lumber gives them the feeling of “if these walls could talk.”

Along with Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or a wedding gift, wooden bow ties are also great for corporate gifts such as a hiring anniversary or welcome package.


Black, white, grey, and pink wooden bow ties


Have you been searching for a black, grey, white, or pink bow tie that stands out from the rest?  Finding the perfect bow tie is easier when you can have one design specifically for you.  After all, finding the best suit or dress shirt is difficult enough, but the necktie option is something we can help you with.

Although the finished wood product will not be pink, grey, black or another color, the color of the neck tie fabric and the designs on the wood itself can be changed at the customer’s request.  The finished wood bow tie is the original color of the lumber without added stains and is finished with a clear varnish.


How our wooden bow ties are environmentally friendly


Finding a gift for someone that is extremely environmentally conscious can be difficult, but our wooden bow ties and other StoryWood products gather a lot of green points quickly.  In addition to being environmentally friendly because they are made from reclaimed or reused wood that would have otherwise ended up in the garbage, clothing made from wood does not need to be laundered, and it also can be easily recycled.  Of course, we make each StoryWood product with exceptional quality so that it can be re-gifted each generation for decades to come.


A special place in our heart for the Kentucky Derby


Each year, we are immersed in Kentucky Derby fever, and we are proud to play a part in the 2017 Kentucky Derby festival in a few ways.  In addition to having wooden bow ties made from wood from Churchill Downs, we also have a special design that pays homage to our unofficial Louisville mascot: The Pegasus.

We plan on showing off this winged beauty online and at local Kentucky Derby fashion shows in 2017 in limited edition quantities: so order online now, keep an eye on our upcoming Kickstarter campaign, and stay tuned to our events.


Creating one-of-a-kind fashion for men and women


When people think of bow ties, they often forget these look great on women too!  For this reason, if you have an idea for a bow tie with a feminine touch, be sure to let us know, and we can work with you on the fashion/design aspects.


Let us know if you have any special requests


Are you interested in wooden bow ties for your wedding, but the color you need to match is coral and not brown?  Along with a variety of designs, we can also use stains and other pigments to special-order any wooden bow ties you need within a close or compatible, but not exact, color range.

Our special order wooden bow ties can include upcoming limited edition wood as well as historic or reclaimed wood provided by the customer.

Thank you in advance for buying your wooden bow tie and other products from StoryWood. We look forward to hearing from you on our contact page, Instagram, Facebook, Etsy, or Twitter.



The main team behind StoryWood and our wooden bow ties are Maya Williamson, Ali Muhammad, and Collin Machine.  We are a small business and got our start with skills learned from mentors like Shelton McElroy at Louisville, Kentucky workshops at The Samuel Platonic Academy and Jefferson Community Technical College.

We are also made stronger by our partnership with HistoriCorps in 2017 and have had ongoing support from the Filson Historical Society, Louisville Slugger factory and museum as well as Churchill Downs.

When it is time to give back to the community, we hope you will remember some of our favorite non-profits and charities including YouthBuild and The Homeless Coalition of Louisville.