my story

Bringing craftswomanship
& real timber
back into the design market 

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I am pleased to introduce myself. I am Nicci Wyels, owner & designer at Raven Wood Designs based in Kansas City. A handful of stain-covered years ago, I summoned up the courage to build geometric shelves for myself using my father's old tools. The rush of adrenaline and smell of fresh-cut timber went straight to my heart and I fell in love. 


As a creative, I spent most of my 20's trying to nail down my medium. I always knew that I would feel most inspired in a craft that utilized earthen materials. Just as I was about to make a leap into the world of ceramics, woodworking came into my life.

 

Raven Wood was born and has evolved in many ways over the years. In 2021,

I found myself, my love for design and my ability to blossom into a successful, small business owner. Raven Wood, comes from the mystical "Grandmother Raven" archetype, a wise, grounded and creative woman. I aspire to be like her and feel unique as a female in the world of bespoke woodworking. 

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values

We are better than this
"throw away" culture

At Raven Wood, we build-to-order in small batch production. My style leans on what I call "feminine-modern", not sterile modern, as texture-richness in my designs really gets me excited. We create with sustainable hardwoods sourced right here in Kansas City through our lumber suppliers.  

 

My vision has always been driven by creating timeless, long-lasting pieces that inspire through the every-changing trends. This keeps quality products in the marketplace and cheap materials out of the landfill. A worthy investment!

Whether you are searching through my customizable portfolio, or wish for a

one-of-a-kind piece to call your own, I am here with bells on to bring it all together.  

Nicci is a true craftswoman - professional, creative, and passionate.

-jeffery r.

My experience with Raven Wood was nothing short of exceptional!
Nicci was able to transform some fairly vague ideas about what we wanted into exactly what we were looking for. She created the most beautiful, one of a kind, live edge table. We are so happy with it and the experience of working with Raven Wood.

Nicci was amazing to work with.
She was knowledgeable about furniture and created a beautiful, custom-made table and sofa table for us. The quality is apparent. 
Definitely would recommend!

-harms family

-ashlee r.

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