Sun Valley Style: Wes Walsworth and Cory Smith

Furniture maker and promotions manager

Sep 21, 2012
Outside Magazine
Wes Walsworth Cory Smith Sun Valley Idaho entrepreneur

Wes Walsworth and Cory Smith    Photo: Chris McPherson

When Wes Walsworth (above left) was working in a vineyard in Western Australia a few years ago, he began fashioning various things—benches, tables, coatracks—out of old wine barrels. “I got really into it,” says the 33-year-old Sun Valley native, “but I didn’t have all my tools with me.” So he headed home. Two years later, Walsworth Furnishings makes everything from sconces to barstools out of reclaimed farm wood and old mushroom vats. In a previous life, Walsworth was a professional musician, and he still plays guitar with a beloved local roots band called Old Death Whisper. When he’s not on the river, that is. “I love saltwater fly-fishing,” he says, “and the closest thing we have to that is fly-fishing for carp. It’s essentially redneck bonefishing.”

Former pro snowboarder Cory Smith (above right), 38, moved to Sun Valley in 2000 to work for Smith Optics. Now the company’s senior promotions manager, the Silverton, Colorado, native oversees in-house video production and runs Prospecting Idaho, the 900-acre private cat-skiing operation just 45 minutes from town that serves as the brand’s exclusive testing facility and film location. And that’s just his day job: last winter the father of two founded Mountain Approach, which makes foldable approach skis, so snowboarders can move more easily in the backcountry. “We realized that a lot of people don’t love how split-boards perform,” says Smith. “So we’re bringing another option to the table.”

On Wes: First Forks long-sleeved T-shirt by Woolrich ($35); Murrelet Fleece polo by Patagonia ($89); Oil Finish Cover Cloth Bomber jacket by Filson ($235); Five-Pocket jeans by H.W. Carter and Sons ($195); Style 8146 boots by Red Wing Heritage ($240); Series 800 watch by Movado ($950). On Cory, above right: Madrona Plaid Wool Bomber jacket by Filson ($375); Dura watch by Movado ($2,995).