Matt and Jill’s company, Mystic Knotwork, has been American-made since 1957.
Mystic Knotwork makes the traditional knots that connect generations. Has authenticity recognizable from the age of sail with modern color sense
has been making traditional knotwork since 1957 Matt’s grandfather Alton Beaudoin, while a bosun’s mate in the merchant marines, started it all. Staying at the Seaman’s Church Institute while stateside, retired sailors from the 1800’s instilled a desire for perfection in young Alton. That same commitment was passed on in his family. Matt was raised with that commitment. Matt and Jill of Mystic Knotwork continue to respect their heritage and environment by only buying American grown cotton. They are careful to ensure the materials they use match their demand for quality. At the Newport Boat Show, Matt was even asked to recycle rope to make personal momentos for a sailor. Until he met Jill, knots were made in any color as long as it was white. She was the inspiration to add color. It was a couple in Stonington that taught Matt to take the knots from the docks and use them to decorate homes and events. Connection to the sea can be seen in their work
What makes Mystic Knotwork Unique?
There is a depth of understanding of the nautical and maritime trades here in Mystic and Stonington that is hard to duplicate. Combine that with a family tradition of seamanship that carries back nearly 100 years, nothing is done halfway. If Matt and Jill don’t feel the task can be done in a ship shape manner, they’d rather walk away than misrepresent their heritage. Because of their commitment to the nautical marlinespike arts, they take every opportunity to teach what they do. Matt says that his passion is not letting this craft pass into obscurity and takes pride in its recent resurgence. This dedication and passion is felt the first time you talk to them about the sea, sailing, or especially knot work.
What’s the Best Business Advice You’ve Received?
Always follow through on your promises. Better to under-commit and over deliver than to over commit and fail to deliver. Don’t skimp on materials or workmanship just to chase a sale. Make sure you love what you do, and that passion can be seen in everything you make.
The traditional thump pad protecting this 1930’s sailboat deck from the brass block.
Mystic Knotwork’s classic ocean plait mat, monkey fist, and coasters are used to accent nautical weddings on both coasts.
Matt made a set of custom bracelets for a school fundraiser in Minneapolis, MN. We are committed to the community while sharing our art.
New this fall, we’ve been collecting worn lines from sailboats in the area to create mats 100% from recycled material. A true sailor has memories in their ropes, and even after they’ve worked their last trimming, the memory can live on as decor.
While helping deliver a Tall Ship to drydock for inspection, Matt takes some time to teach his art to one of the newest deckhands.
Extended Carrick knot designs for decorative boards Cross, Star, and Ocean Plait Mat
About the American Made Movement
American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local and celebrates the handmade. The journey culminates in a signature event this October in New York City. Join us and uncover the next generation of great American Makers.
For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines. Now, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of “Martha Stewart Living” are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers.
The journey culminates in a signature event in New York City where makers from across the country gather to discuss, create, and explore. It’s here that our 2013 American Made winners are honored for innovation and excellence in their field. We’d love you to join us in selecting the Audience Choice Award winners.
The American Made Awards honor makers from across the country for innovation and excellence in their field. From reprising a lost art form and impacting a community to pioneering an industry, each maker is honored for their role in pushing the American Made movement forward.
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