Mozark Mountain Works

On Being A Maker

Michael and I moved to Tucker County from New York City in 1996 to start fresh.

We had met on a project renovating a loft space in Tribeca, and after it was completed we were ready to build our next thing. We fell in love with Mozark Mountain after our first visit to this place – even though at the time there was nothing yet built here, no running water or electricity! Ever since then, we’ve been building, designing, and making the life around us to as we dreamed it, as we needed it. Our one room cabin eventually, slowly turned into our two story home, and to this day our kitchen still has unfinished drywall.

We think of ourselves as part of the slow house movement – everything in life has always been a big work in process. To build out our home, we needed a woodshop, so we built one and started filling it with 19th century tools. Then, we needed a metal shop to restore and maintain our vintage toolsets. So you can see, if we need something, we make it. We make our dinner from vegetables grown in our own garden, on the table we made, in the house we continually build outward. We trade locally, and we believe in bringing the old and discarded back to life again. Everything we make is informed by the idea that form, function, and design are deeply connected and inseparable. We believe a life well designed is a life well lived.




Robin McClintock

Robin McClintock


Born in New York, educated as a painter/printmaker, lived, worked and created in New York City, Robin McClintock never thought about leaving New York. For 2 decades she balanced business with painting in her Tribeca studio. Now McClintock has a painting studio in a 1920’s school building, is a member of the county planning commission and remains inspired by industrial architecture and the natural landscape, an elegant industrial aesthetic is a constant imperative.

As founder and owner of a general contracting company in New York City in the 1980’s, she specialized in “adaptive reuse” renovations before the term was coined, focusing on loft building conversions and creating non-profit workspaces. McClintock moved to a farm within the Monongahela National Forest in rural West Virginia in 1998 and started Mozark Mountain Works with her husband.

Michael McClintock


Robin and Michael McClintock moved from Tribeca to rural West Virginia and started Mozark Mountain Works in 1998. Trained as artists, believers that the impact of the man-made environment is as essential as the natural environment. 

Michael McClintock trained as a sculptor though his natural inclination towards problem solving as a creative engineer is ever present. After art school and time at Skowhegan he brought his deft skills to architectural millwork during the heyday of historic restoration. His architectural drawings of Ellis Island are part of the National Archives. Specializing in historic replication millwork there is nothing he can’t do or make. The move to abandoned farmland in rural West Virginia let him focus on his passion for the outdoors and making things in his 5,000 sq ft wood and metal shop.

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