Coyle, as a business venture, was begun by Dan Coyle with significant support from family, friends and community members.
What has become the Tree Piece helmet lines started in the 90s as a DIY hobby gone crazy. Originally built for whitewater kayaking, the first one was about as heavy, uncomfortable and pretty as it needed to be to inspire a second one. And so on...
Along with wood eyeglasses and paddles the helmets were an eclectic pursuit that began with a chainsaw and grinder. They were loud, dangerous and none too pleasant to build. At the same time there was a real satisfaction in watching them develop as the beauty of each one was slowly revealed.
Eventually the opportunity to make a go of things with the helmets coincided with an inspirational moment in the Summer of 2010 and the first machine built prototype was scratched out.
There is something wholesome about products made from nature's materials. Its not practical in all of the many technologies mankind has conceived in recent history but it turned out pretty well with helmets. We believe they work at least as well as their plastic counterparts, maybe better (though, in truth, the physics of impact events is beyond complicated and difficult to predict). They have soul and inspire connection.
I hope that viewing them and, when you get the chance, handling one, gives you the same inspiration that it still gives me.
Much is possible.