Kristin and Scott Fischer were looking for a dining table for their home in Key West, Florida, and having trouble finding something just right. Fed up and committed to finding something locally made, they decided to do it themselves using wood from a local lumber store. While most of us would have stopped there, Kristin and Scott kept going—and soon enough, they had a full-fledged business on their hands: Muirwood Reclamations. However, it wasn’t until Scott was re-stationed to Chicago the two officially launched the business, but this was definitely the conception.
Originally from Chicago, the two enjoyed the transition back to the Midwest. Though, when winter hit, they found themselves looking for a new hobby. Scott took to building again, but this time found a bucket of old, rusty railroad spikes. Scott would find himself in the garage on days between shifts and began building more tables. One night, he reached for an old spike to pop the top of a beer. This is when he realized there had to be a better way to open his beer with a railroad spike. Soon after, he got to cutting and drilling to create the duo's very first Railroad Spike Bottle Opener.
In April 2015, the two met with Scott’s Aunt, the owner of a culinary store in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, over Easter dinner and she offered to carry the opener. From there it felt like the possibilities were endless. In May 2016, Kristin left her Human Resources position to focus on building the business.
During the summer of 2018, Scott officially ended his career with the United States Coast Guard and began working as a civilian, leaving the majority of business responsibility to Kristin (the Jill-of-all-trades for day-to-day operations)! She answers emails, ships your orders, and pours all of the concrete!
Since their 2015 launch, Muirwood has offered first-rate products and exceptional customer service to shoppers looking for goods that start conversations. You can find their Railroad Spike Tap Handles across the United States in home bars, small tap rooms, and breweries alike. Their Railroad Spike Bottle Openers appear in high end retail locations like Orvis and Harp Design Co., and their Concrete Cake Stands have been noted in publications like Brides and by world class food bloggers like Joy the Baker.
In early 2020, they said goodbye to Muirwood Reclamations and hello to - Muirwood! As solely Muirwood, they continue to grow, develop, and source trendsetting housewares that get the conversation started.
When the team's not working, Kristin and Scott enjoy being parents to a fun little girl and two somewhat-behaved dachshunds. Their favorite - sharing a delicious meal with family and friends!