The Tinderbox is Transitioning

DIY with PYL, The Tinderbox

With the change of the year, and the arrival of a new baby, so comes a big change for The Tinderbox. After an amazing couple of years, we are going into hibernation mode and putting a hold on continuing operations at our brick & mortar studio/shop in Mid-Main after this weekend. Although we are temporarily closing the physical site of our business, we will continue to host seasonal craft Markets and collaborate with other Houston independent businesses to bring you craft + DIY classes throughout the year while we pursue other creative opportunities.

The idea for the studio sparked in Ren’s head over 5 years ago and it’s been a long and hugely rewarding journey toward realizing our vision of a space where people came to learn, share, create, and shop from a variety of local artists year-round. We’ve been fulfilled beyond belief throwing some memorable craft parties, offering a unique variety of workshops, fostering the development of many independent designers, and meeting so many amazing, creative, and inspirational makers. We have also loved being a part of Mid-Main, a cohort of small business owners and like-minded developers slowly reinvigorating a once-neglected block. It feels like family here, and we will continue to stay connected to this special place.

The end of one venture often signals the start of something new…the beginning of the next exciting journey is already in the works, and we can’t wait to announce our next project soon (wink wink)! We are thinking hard (and objectively) about repackaging and moving our current setup and catering to the needs of Houston makers and shoppers looking for unique and handmade products. We hope you’ll continue to follow this path with us and stay connected through FacebookInstagram, &/or Twitter.

Forever in our Hearts

Forever in our Hearts

First 3 Months at The Tinderbox

DIY with PYL, Handcrafted, Houston, The Tinderbox

We recently hit the 3-month mark of being open, and it has really flown by! We knew there would be things about the space that we would change once we were in, and we were right. We just finished a large remodel, and I wanted to share the evolution of the shop in the last few months. Here are a few pictures of the shop in March 2013. It had not been used for over a year, but was a great blank canvas:






We had less than a month to get the shop operational, and a huge thanks to all of our friends and family who came out and assisted with moving, painting, and everything in between. We officially opened our doors April 9, 2013 showcasing 20 local artisans and hosted our first workshop April 19th. The following 3 months were filled with fun, lessons learned, new friends, new artists, workshops, great media coverage, and lots of hours! We have gotten to know the block a lot better, and have really invested in making this area a urban destination where you can walk around and check out all locally-owned businesses.


The Tinderbox









By the beginning of July, we had doubled our artisan list and underwent a large renovation to move a few walls to open up a new workshop space that was once storage and an office, and give the retail space a facelift.  I love the new space, it seems bigger and is definitely more functional than before. Our workshop and private party attendees can now enjoy their own creative area and we have the additional room at the front of the store to bring in more handcrafted furniture and home goods. If this much has changed in less than 4 months, I can only image how the shop will continue to evolve. Thank you to all of our customers that have shopped, created, laughed, and reenergized inside these 4 walls. I have been forever changed by the process of opening this shop and maker space, and I hope to continue to serve Houston with a crafty creative haven for anyone looking to get re-aquanited with traditional skills and techniques of our past, and to shop from and support local artisans who have sacrificed a lot to offer high quality goods that you can be proud to own. Take a look at the new space below, then come say hello, shop from amazing local makers, and create something!









My Husband the Craftsman

Family, The Tinderbox

DSC_5568I am proud of my partner for many reasons, but when I look at the tables he has built, I fall a little bit more in love with him. He is such an honest and thorough guy, and you can see that in the furniture he builds. He works away in the garage after his full-time job, paying attention to every detail, and ensuring the highest quality. I may be biased, but these may be some of the best looking tables in Houston!

This is a stunning live edge table made from a virtical slice of warm red cedar resting on steel hairpin legs. The table has been finished in a rich warm brown allowing plenty of the grain and red accents of the cedar slab to show through. It has been finished in several coats of semigloss polyurethane giving it a deep clearcoat finish.
Table Dimensions: Height: 30″DSC_5441
Length: 60″
Width: 24″ @ Widest point, 6″ at narrowest point
Thickness: ~2″

Price: $850



This table is made from a reclaimed douglas fir timber. Its strong texture, grooved by hand,  allows for a very high contrast. We have two of these in the shop, and they are gorgeous! He finds wood from many salvage places around town, and the legs he uses are all 100% recyclable handcrafted steel.



28″ tall x 48″ long x 12″ deep

Cost: $550



Check out his Etsy shop and come see these beauties in the shop!