ABOUT WILDERNESS MINT
Since 1995, we have had a great love of the outdoors. We found that we could share this love and experience through custom jewelry pieces, giving us a very special bond with our customers. We strive to bring you unique pieces that cannot be found in your standard local jewelry store. We take great pride in the care and dedication we show to each piece of jewelry that leaves our shop. When you buy from Wilderness Mint, you will have a very special item that will be admired for years to come.
Growing up in Alaska, Eric learned the value of nature very early on. He experienced some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring scenery in the world. Summers were spent on a small boat with his family catching salmon in Prince William Sound. He even got a chance to experience ice fishing.
Now, living in Washington State, most of his time is dedicated to Wilderness Mint, but don’t worry — Eric still makes time for salmon or steelhead fishing trips to reconnect with nature. Eric also has taken up the sport of Elk hunting. That interest was peaked a few years back when a large bull Elk ended up camping out on our 5 acres, during hunting season!
Having spent many years on the Oregon coast, Valerie tended to be drawn back to its beauty and diversity. Lighthouses, sandy beaches, whale watching and great fishing and clamming have all inspired her desire to stay connected to the coast. Their two young sons are now also beginning to enjoy trips to her old playground.
Valerie’s earliest years were spent in a small logging town outside the Portland area called Colton. “Eating off the land" was not just a statement. Having only eaten deer meat until she was 6 years old, Valerie didn’t think much of beef at first try (not much flavor). When times were very rough financially, we fished to have dinner. As a youngster, that was just playtime for me.
Together, Eric and Valerie believe selecting and creating jewelry that represents some of God’s best natural designs is a way to share how they were raised and how they want to raise their sons.