Located in Dorr, Michigan, Bearded Moose Woodworking is a custom woodworking shop offering custom furniture, cabinets, and home decor. The Bearded Moose mission is to design and build unique custom wood pieces that you are proud to give as a gift, or showcase in your home and pass down for generations.
A few years passed and we welcomed our first child. Not long after, Megan and I decided to move back to Michigan to be closer to family. So in March of 2021, we said goodbye to the city we called home for the past 6 years and headed east.
Now we live near Grand Rapids, where I have a 1,350-square-foot detached shop—a space that is dedicated to building custom projects and continuing to develop my woodworking skills.
I'm passionate about making quality pieces and would love to help you bring your vision to life.
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My name is Colton and I am the owner and woodworker of Bearded Moose Woodworking.
I was born and raised in a small Michigan town. Growing up, I watched—and often helped—my dad build things around our home. I believe that’s where my love of woodworking began.
After completing my degree in Engineering, my now-wife, Megan, and I relocated to Portland, Oregon, and in 2019, we purchased our first house. I was excited to have a space of my own to build and create. Not long after, my “when I have time” hobby turned into Bearded Moose Woodworking.
My grandfather, Elmer Nielsen, was an entrepreneur and home builder in the Pacific Northwest. He was an extremely hard worker and built multiple businesses with his own two hands.
Unfortunately, he passed when I was extremely little. He had such a profound impact on his community that there was a line out the door during his memorial service.
I have one very vivid memory with him that has a great deal of meaning to me. While visiting my family, he would frequently draw a figure on my siblings hands using a pen. When he got to me, he drew a moose.
While trying to come up with a name for my new business, I thought a lot about Elmer, and I knew I wanted to have some connection to him. That is how Bearded Moose came to life. I can only hope to emulate his hard work and community impact.
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