Thanks for visiting Rustic and Main! I'm Mike Yarbrough, the founder and curator, and maker of most of the things you see on this site. I have a longtime love of old things, particularly wood, as well as history. I enjoy the story that goes along with a time and place and have a sentimentality towards the past, which is something I endeavor to put into the rings and other items for Rustic and Main.
Having small tokens that act as reminders of something that matters to us, keeps us grounded, and rooted in the right things. A pocket knife from your grandfather, china from your grandmother, a children's book from your great-grandmother, items of remembrance passed down from generation to generation serve as a reminder of the people and places that we hold dear. That's why I do my best to capture the story of the wood and other materials in things we create, here; to keep the story going, to make things of significance beyond just the material. That's why I do what I do.
As for me, personally, I'm married to my high-school sweetheart and have two teenage boys and two female dogs. Though originally from TN, I have lived in Charlotte, NC for about as long. When I am not making rings or other things, you can find my work in the study of manliness over at Wolf & Iron, another passion of mine. I am a firm believer in the High Calling of manful living and through Wolf & Iron I have the opportunity to write, speak, inspire, and grow in a number of areas of life.
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