About Justin & Campfire Woodworks
My name is Justin Bailey and Campfire Woodworks is my hobby, passion, and a business that delivers the very best of what I create to you. Each piece that leaves my shop I treat as if it were going to my own home with the intention of being passed down for generations.
The idea of Campfire Woodworks came to me years ago, fueled by my love to build and create, but without a proper place to express my creativity. Then in 2018 my wife and I were lucky enough to purchase our first home, and there I had an empty garage to build my dream shop. In 2019 after months of preparation Campfire Woodworks went live and the first cutting boards started to arrive in people’s homes.
I picked the name Campfire because of its personal meaning to me. Besides making stuff I’m a professional wilderness guide, outdoor educator, and world traveler – so I’ve spent a lot of time sitting around campfires. It’s a simple activity that our ancestors have been doing since the beginning of time, and it was sitting around that campfire that thousands of generations came up with their greatest ideas, innovated the world, and shared stories. So naturally I thought it would be fitting for a woodworking business started by me.
I love creating all kinds of unique things meant be used either as daily workhorses tough enough to outlive generations or as beautiful decor to brighten your space. From cutting boards to kitchen tables I take pride in everything that leaves my shop.
My work usually takes on a rustic, farmhouse styling, likely acquired from all of the time I’ve spent in the mountains of Appalachia, which I hope you can see reflected in my work as well. I also try to include some level of asymmetry in my work whether that be in a live edge piece or my signature pin striping.
I still maintain a full time job outside of woodworking and operate out of a small one car garage shop in my home in Rahway, NJ. A relatively new resident there I take a lot of pride in my community and give back as often as possible. I do have plans of expanding one day, but only if I can do so without compromising the attention I give to my work.
All of the materials are sourced from local lumber mills and suppliers and our hardwood is professionally kiln dried before I begin building with it. Where contact with food is concerned only high-quality food safe products are used in construction and are finished with a natural beeswax and oil product we make and sell in our store.
I absolutely love creating things and I hope you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy something made by Campfire Woodworks one day!