12 Mar Amazing Things Made In South Carolina And The Companies That Make Them!
It’s always a welcome sight when you pick something up and see that it was made in the USA, but it’s even more special when you discover that it was made right here in the grand state of South Carolina.
This region is home to many preservationists, artists, artisans, and craftsmen that seek to share their craft and hard work for the entire world to enjoy. Everyone brings their own expertise to the table and together, they add to the diversity, pride, and distinction of the Palmetto State.
With that said, we’d like to share ten South Carolina companies and the outstanding products they offer that both inspire us and make us proud to call this beautiful place home
First on our list is Charleston’s own Landrum Tables. This company doesn’t make a simple table like one you could find at a big box store or Ikea. No, the furniture here is handcrafted with the attention it deserves….but that’s not the only reason that their furniture is so special.
Proud owner and local resident, Capers Landrum Cauthen, couldn’t stand the sight of Charleston’s historic buildings being torn down (along with all of its rich history)and simply thrown away. Rather than let that happen, he decided to reclaim and repurpose the wood that would otherwise deteriorate in a landfill.
Thanks to his dedication and love for his city, you can now continue the legacy of Charleston’s rich history through his unique and locally sourced tables.
Landrum Tables features four, beautiful dining tables that are all crafted by hand. Not only does Charleston’s rich history get preserved and continued in an elegant fashion, but you can personalize their tables to match your own lifestyle and decor.
This company doesn’t make a simple table like one you could find at a big box store or Ikea.
Each dining table can be customized to the wood choice of your liking, your desired color, and different sizes to fit your own space. Additionally, Landrum Tables also offers the options to outfit their dining table collection for outdoor use by using reclaimed, pressure-treated wood or even to incorporate your own sentimental wood choice in the design.
Whether you choose to use your sentimental wood for a customized table or purchase one of their signature designs, you can look forward to making their tables a centerpiece in your home and allow Charleston’s historic legacy to live on.
SouthernWood Paddle Company
Sometimes we don’t know where life will take us, but more often than not, it leads us down a path of personal gratification and fulfillment. This couldn’t be truer for Larry McIntyre, owner of Southernwood Paddle Company in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region.
Growing up, Larry always had love for the great outdoors and even went on to earn the honorable Eagle Scout Award. Fast forward to his adult life, Larry didn’t feel in line with the corporate grind so he took a risk, dove into the deep end, and experimented with woodworking. Today, Larry has found his own personal fulfillment by handcrafting canoe paddles for the environmentally-conscious outdoor enthusiast.
South Carolina is home to more than 2,800 miles of coastal shorelines, beautiful rivers, and no shortage of inland lakes. If you’re the type of person who makes an effort to get out on the water as much as you can, then do it in style and peace of mind with Southernwood Paddle Company’s cypress paddles.
Today, Larry has found his own personal fulfillment by handcrafting canoe paddles for the environmentally-conscious outdoor enthusiast.
These aren’t any ordinary cypress paddles! The cypress that Larry uses is “sinker cypress” meaning that it was salvaged from old harvests back during the mid to late 1800s! In order to minimize their environmental impact, Southernwood Paddle Company pledges that “a tree will never be cut down for the sole purpose of creating a Southernwood paddle.”
Thanks to Larry, sinker cypress that was once thought to be abandoned has now found a new purpose in the form of handcrafted paddles for lovers of the great outdoors
Water Oak Forge
Water Oak Forge was started in 2013 when owner and veteran, Jahred Gamez, was challenged by his friend to make his own knife. What started off as a playful banter quickly piqued Jahred’s interest, so he set out on this endeavor.
Two weeks later, Jahred finished two simple knives. Although they weren’t pretty by his current standards, he was hooked! He immediately desired to learn more about this craft. Today, Jahred has moved from his humble beginnings in a garage to a full fledged shop that he and some friends built right in his backyard. Just like with his first task of knife making, Jahred wasn’t necessarily skilled at the task of carpentry.
However, with his determined attitude at the core of his demeanor, he built his own shop from the ground up. Today, Jahred continues his love for blacksmithing through teaching the ways of the trade and by challenging himself with every project.
What started off as a playful banter quickly piqued Jahred’s interest, so he set out on this endeavor.
Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jahred now handcrafts blacksmithing tools, everyday carry items, and outdoor objects. The item that we’d like to highlight today is his very own Blacksmith Rounding Hammer. Featuring hardened and tempered 1045 steel with a custom shaped American Hickory handle, this rounding hammer is a blacksmith’s best friend.
With a rounded face for shaping metal, a flat face for planishing, and a generous weight of 2.5 pounds, this hammer feels great in the hand and can pound away projects in no time. Jahred hand forges each item with determination, inspiring his fellow craftsmen to follow suit in their own endeavors through the use of his own rounding hammer.
Island Inspired Board Company
Island Inspired Board Company has a simple philosophy: Paddle. Surf. Inspire. Todd Sutz, owner, world class shaper, and surfing enthusiast, aims to inspire not just the locals on the boardwalks of Myrtle Beach, but every outdoor enthusiast who shares the same love for open waters.
Todd’s life in Oahu allowed him to fall in love with the surfing scene and learn from the community’s greatest surfers so he could craft excellent boards of his own. There, he was taught to value the craftsmanship, artistry, and energy spent shaping every board.
He believes that “the energy that goes into the making of our boards flows through to the life of the people who ride them,” and we couldn’t agree more. Today, Todd finds immense joy by helping others fall in love with the world of water riding thanks to his community outreach and world class boards.
He believes that “the energy that goes into the making of our boards flows through to the life of the people who ride them,” and we couldn’t agree more.
The Island Inspired Board Company understands that surfing can be intimidating to some, so they also concentrate on paddle board crafting. Stand up paddleboarding has recently seen a rise in popularity because it’s a fun way to exercise, great for the whole family, and it allows you to enjoy any open body of water. Unlike surfing, stand up paddleboarding doesn’t require any waves since you use a paddle to propel you around.
Island Inspired Board Company features their own Touring Model for easy paddleboarding and unique, custom built paddle boards so you can ride the water with your own personal flair and style. Each personalized paddle board can be built to your desired size, range of ability, volume, and includes custom artwork. Whatever you choose, you can look forward to a great time shared with your loved ones on South Carolina’s gorgeous waterfronts.
Lowcountry Candle Company
What started off from the humble beginnings of a small selection of scents, wicks, and jars has transformed into a one-of-a-kind, upscale candle line over the last twenty years.
With perseverance, rigorous testing, and countless years of experience, the Lowcountry Candle Company provides Beaufort and the surrounding region with candles whose scents fill every room with refinement. Take just one whiff, and you’ll understand in no time why this company is the region’s fan favorite.
Have you ever smelled a scent which instantly transported you somewhere else in your mind? For us, Lowcountry Candle Company’s unique fragrances remind us of every beautiful place in South Carolina, which makes us proud to call this place home.
Their handmade, square candles are each crafted to harness the essence of different regions or themes.
Take just one whiff, and you’ll understand in no time why this company is the region’s fan favorite.
For instance, their “Beaufort” candle features an ocean breeze scent with other subtleties to remind you of the Lowcountry’s coastal scenery. We love this company because they also promote other cities with their own unique scents as well, including Charleston, Hilton Head Island, and Old Town Bluffton. Each candle is crafted to harness the sights, joys, and experiences in life that remind us of South Carolina in every whiff.
Willis Wood Design
Lloyd and Windy Willis are the tag-team duo and masterminds of Willis Wood Design. Originally, they became inspired to start their shop in Greenwood after years of experience with DIY home improvement projects.
After years of doing so, they decided to try their hand at designing and building nautical-inspired home accents thanks to their roots in North Carolina and love of the coast. But that’s not all — like many other like minded and environmentally conscious people on our list, the Willis team also uses reclaimed materials as part of their brand’s signature.
Willis Wood Design invites you to decorate your home with the Carolina’s key coastal elements. Their products are available at local stores such as The Bluffton General Store or through Etsy, where you can purchase all of their goods online to ship to your home.
Willis Wood Design invites you to decorate your home with the Carolina’s key coastal elements.
Lloyd and Windy craft a number of items ranging from accent shelves and sunglass racks to their specialty item, the boat cleat coat rack. As mentioned before, the Willis team uses reclaimed materials in the form of weathered wood and galvanized cleats.
Since 2015, they’ve made around 1,000 of these racks in many different colors and styles in their own garage workshop. Each coat rack is built to last and every detail is put on full display, making their boat cleat coat racks among the best on the market. With so many different options to choose from, you can feel the spirit of the Willis Wood Design company’s beach town beginnings and coastal attitude in every rack.
Coastal Custom Knifeworks
Summerville may be a small town, but it’s home to the esteemed Coastal Custom Knifeworks. Owner and craftsman, Shannon Reed, is a master when it comes to creating your own customized knife with exotic woods and other natural materials.
Shannon’s custom blades are perfectly balanced, top notch, and fitting for any giving occasion (or even just for your own personal using pleasure). Shannon specializes in oyster, fillet, and hunting knives, but is more than happy to accommodate personal requests.
Each knife is made to fit their soon to be owner’s exact specifications and are worthy enough to be passed down through generations as handy tools or valuable heirlooms.
Shannon’s custom blades are perfectly balanced, top notch, and fitting for any giving occasion (or even just for your own personal using pleasure).
In the spirit of all things South Carolina, we couldn’t complete this list unless we mentioned the highly anticipated oyster roasts that are near and dear to our hearts. If you’re like us and love attending these roasts with friends, why not make the occasion even more special for you or a loved one with a custom made oyster knife?
Thanks to Shannon’s expertise, you can enjoy an oyster knife that’s not only a work of art, but is highly functional and the best tool for oyster shucking. If you’re looking to see Shannon’s custom oyster knives for yourself, you can find them online or at the Skull Creek General Store. We assure you, once you pick one up and see his craftsmanship firsthand, it’ll be hard to be put down.
If you’re a lover of all things authenticity, practicality, and durability, then you have to check out the apparel and accessories from H. Goose.
Located in Upstate South Carolina, every item by H. Goose is 100% southern made and crafted with preservation of the past’s traditions in mind. Here, you’ll find useful outdoor items that are must haves for any outdoor savant, such as jackets, shirts, sports blankets, and dependable field watches.
With a diverse group of friends that includes hunters, fishermen, veterans, and menswear enthusiasts all working together, you’re guaranteed that every item is reliable and built for the field.
And in the spirit of worthy field apparel, every product features the owner’s dog, Goose, so you’re assured that it’s a “trusted field companion!” What’s not to love?
Located in Upstate South Carolina, every item by H. Goose is 100% southern made and crafted with preservation of the past’s traditions in mind.
The items in particular that we’d like to highlight are H. Goose’s very own sporting blanket and Gen 3 Saluda Field Watch. One side of the sporting blanket highlights a 100% cotton canvas with a durable water resistant finish to counteract any rainy day….which we all know can be quite prevalent all around the state.
Then on the other side, you have a 100% cotton flannel lining that gives you all the comfort and softness you need to battle the rugged outdoors. In total, the blanket is 52”x54”, which gives you plenty of room to sprawl out in your treasured outdoor spots, undisturbed from all the events in our modern world.
This blanket is the perfect accessory needed for a long day spent outside with all the comfort of the indoors packaged into a single item. However, we do find ourselves losing track of time, but that’s where the Third Generation Saluda Field Watch fits into place.
Assembled in South Carolina, the vintage inspired, Gen 3 Saluda Field Watch comes in at a true middleground of 39mm in diameter and features a gold-plated, all Swiss-made quartz movement for ultra reliable time telling. Compared to the base model, the Gen 3 variant has increased water and moisture resistance so you can overcome any creek or rainy day without a second thought.You can read a review of the H.Goose Saluda by one of our very own right here: H. Goose Saluda Review
More often than not, we find ourselves admiring the clean design of the Saluda whereas other watches are plagued with too many complexities. Oftentimes, beauty comes from simplicity and with the Third Generation Saluda, you get all the barebone necessities in the most durable and streamlined, yet highly elegant way possible.
Fire & Pine
Throughout history, maps have always been a go to necessity for travelers and adventurers alike, but unfortunately, they’re starting to become obsolete due to modern GPS systems.
However, in order to appreciate how we’ve gotten to this point, we need to give old-time maps the respect they deserve, and boy, does Fire & Pine deliver in the coolest way possible. Based out of Ridgeland, Fire & Pine crafts unique, wood-burned maps in a variety of sizes and colors for different time periods of cities, counties, and regions all over the United States.
Each wood-burned map is made using untreated pine and high quality exterior paint to preserve the details in every nook and cranny. Some maps display time period accurate street layouts, while others show off the unique landscape of its beloved region.
Show off your home state with pride or commision a custom map design and you’ll be certain that these works of art will be a centerpiece of conversation.
Each wood-burned map is made using untreated pine and high quality exterior paint to preserve the details in every nook and cranny.
You could spend all day browsing Fire & Pine’s selection of historic maps and barely scratch the surface of what they have to offer. To make things somewhat simple, we’re highlighting their South Carolina map collection to pay respects to every square mile of our beloved state.
There’s no shortage of maps on display in this collection: from an abstract view of the entire state, down to street layouts of every major city. Fire & Pine even features a 1773 historical map that highlights the sprawl of the state’s early settlements.
No matter where you look, there’s always something new to discover and admire and that’s why we adore these works of art. Seriously, the amount of detail displayed on every map is absolutely jaw dropping and we can’t get over them. Fire & Pine’s thoroughness is shown in every piece.
If you’re like us and love South Carolina, there’s something truly special for everyone with this dedicated collection.
W Design Studio
W Design Studio is your one-stop-shop for all things furniture and home decor. For over 20 years, this Hardeeville studio has aspired to deliver handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, and original furniture designs using long-established craftsmanship methods.
Owner and designer, William Detorre, along with his team of craftsmen, have provided South Carolina with beautiful and functional pieces of art with the highest standards of quality woodworking in mind. Each collection is unique and features different design styles from traditional eras to modern times and everything in between.
Like true craftsmen, W Design Studio utilizes reclaimed and up-cycled materials whenever possible in an effort to reduce unnecessary waste. And, they don’t just create new furniture either; they even refurbish vintage home decor so future generations have the chance to enjoy them as well.
Each collection is unique and features different design styles from traditional eras to modern times and everything in between.
W Design Studio’s original design and fresh take on the classic credenza shows first hand the amount of effort and workmanship that goes into square inch. With over 100 plus hours spent in design and construction, their very own “Credenza-za” improves the functionality and grace of this ‘furniture classic’ by introducing a few unique elements.
At first glance, you’ll notice their stunning, hand-rubbed, wax-finished, walnut frame sets the stage for the other superstar elements incorporated in the design. Most notably, the Credenza-za features tambour sliding doors with a totally unique, textured, wave pattern design that brings out the beauty of the spalted maple it was crafted from.
The tambour sliding doors even give the illusion that it’s floating within the walnut frame, further adding to the furniture’s overall distinctive look and feel. W Design Studio really went all out with the Credenza-za, with each piece meticulously thought out until it reached ultimate woodworking perfection.
Proudly Made in South Carolina
It’s easy to miss all of the great beauty, art, design, and craftsmanship in South Carolina if you don’t go out of your way to look. That would simply be a shame! So we compiled this list to show off many excellent products that come from the great state of South Carolina. Whether you’re a native to the region or a lover of all things made in the USA, we hope that our list inspires you to take a step back and admire all the wonderful creations that South Carolinians have spent years (even decades!) perfecting.