A&E Stoneworks Maine-made housewares featured in our Good Things from Maine shop.
The conception of A & E Stoneworks, a small shop of functional housewares, first began when Evan Hutchins received a rock from his father. Evan brought home the rock, which was shaped like a loaf of bread, to his wife, Alana. He took out his saw and started cutting the rock into slices. They then glued felt to the back of the cuts, turning the rock into coasters. Alana recalls, “That rock had hung around the house for a few years. Evan’s father had passed away in that time. This rock — something so simple — became something so special that we could use every day. I knew I wanted to make these for other people, but I didn’t know how it was going to happen.”
About a year went by without any further thought of starting up their own business. Until Alana and Evan decided to make a stencil. Using a leftover piece of slate from their backyard, Evan cut the rock into their design. “It took Evan 30 minutes to make our very first Maine-shaped rock. I couldn’t believe how perfect it was!” After sharing an image of their Maine cutout on Facebook and receiving lots of positive comments, they decided right then that they had to create more items. They just needed to figure out where and how to sell their items.
A couple months later, Alana was inspired by a coworker who just started up her own shop on Etsy. The very next day, Alana created their own Etsy shop and it’s been love ever since. “It has opened a lot of wonderful doors and connected us with some amazing people. In April 2017, I was able to quit my full-time job and now A&E Stoneworks is my full-time job!” said Alana.
A & E Stoneworks is based out of the Hutchins’ home in Swanville. Every item is cut free-handed. “We use power tools, but there is no computer or laser telling that rock how it’s going to be cut. Evan does all the cutting, so each piece is slightly different and a little work of art!” They use almost exclusively Maine slate, granite, and beach stones to create their goods. Their products include ornaments, clocks, coasters, and their most popular items, cheeseboards.
Maine’s natural beauty, from the mountains to the coastlines, provides the Hutchinses with fuel to make and design their housewares. Maine’s passionate and creative community is another important flame that builds their fire. “Spending time together and meeting new people who also have a passion for Maine and shopping small truly inspires us.”
Browse A&E Stoneworks products in the Down East Shop!