About the Dark Side

About the Company and Materials

Recycle. Reduce. Reuse.

Dark Side of the Wood started out as a jewellery company making plugs/gauges from scrap guitar lumber in Maryland in 2011.  Luthier Matthew Barrett was working in a production line for Paul Reed Smith as a finish hall worker.  In late 2017, Matt relocated back to his hometown Langhorne - a small suburb in Bucks County, PA - to care for his family.  Now, the company collects and dries wood from diseased, dying, or storm fell trees in the area.  The goal of the company is to provide sustainable lumber practices for the local community to support.

In 2021, crystal enthusiast Courtney Rankin joined the team, creating a sparkling addition to a growing craft. Her talent brought new jewellery and specimen to the tables at our craft shows, so we decided to brand her handmade goods as Dark Side of the Quartz to have a distinct separation between product makers. She collects quartz crystals from around the globe, as well as locally sourced from rivers and mountains in Pennsylvania. Her handmade wire wrapped amulets and earrings can be seen at local shows, Attic Mice 2, and on her Instagram/Facebook page Dark Side of the Quartz.

Care Instructions*

Limited lifetime warranty* is valid as long as proper care is administered. Please use items as intended and  follow these guidelines:

*Failure to follow these care instructions will void the limited lifetime warranty

Please contact us if you have any questions about the care process or the materials we use.


To the best of our ability, we have simplified identifying your product based on a numerical system.  All of our wood and crystals are classified by the following method:

XX &.@ 

Year   Species . Location

E.G.:  XVIII III.I = 2018 Juglans  Langhorne

Below you will find a detailed list of species and location, depending on product type.

Wood Species*:

*Your product may have burls or spalting, which is not directly tied to a specific species.


Crystal Species:

Tourmalated, rutilated, dendridic, DT (double terminated), phantom, singing, crackle, smoky along with a variety of colours can accompany a mineral or crystal type, depending on how it is grown. Please contact us if you have any questions about your purchase.