Home Design

Seven Skilled Woodworkers to Hire for Your Next Reno

These local pros design and build one-of-a-kind furniture, cabinets, and more.


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Carpenter & MacNeille / Interior Design by Lisa Tharp, Photo by Michael J. Lee

Carpenter & MacNeille Woodworking

In addition to offering renovation and interior-design services, Carpenter & MacNeille also devises and builds custom cabinets and furniture from its 100-year-old trolley barn in Essex. From designing a mahogany bathtub (handcrafted by a specialist in Maine) to dressing up a mudroom with classic beadboard paneling, the firm’s abilities truly run the gamut.

106 Western Ave., Essex, 978-768-7900, carpentermacneille.com.

Kenyon Woodworking

Whether you’re on the hunt for custom cabinetry for the kitchen, built-in shelving for the library, or a double vanity for the bathroom, Kenyon Woodworking can design, craft, and install almost anything you dream up. The company executes both traditional styles and more contemporary looks with equal aplomb, using top-notch walnut, mahogany, maple, and more.

179 Boylston St., Boston, 617-524-6883, kenyonwoodworking.com.

Half Crown Design

Half Crown Design (formerly called Custom Design Woodworking) opened its doors in 1984 with a focus on creating beautiful, tailor-made Shaker and Arts and Crafts-style furniture and cabinets. Today, the Cambridge-based company has expanded its scope to include the woodworking techniques of far-flung regions such as Scandinavia and Asia. The result: one-of-a-kind pieces that can’t be pigeonholed.

617-497-1507, halfcrowndesign.com.

Furniture Design Services

This aptly-named Peabody company designs fine custom furniture inside its 11,000-square-foot workshop, but the team’s prowess also lies in creating jaw-dropping woodwork for both commercial and residential spaces. Past projects include innovative bamboo cabinetry for an eco-friendly kitchen, as well as clean-lined built-ins for a stunning home theater designed by SV Design.

13 Washington St., Peabody, 978-531-3250, furnituredesignservices.com.

Wayne Towle Master Finishing and Restoration

Refurbishing a historical home? Consider giving Wayne Towle a call. Since 1980, the family-owned business has specialized in wood stripping, finishing, and restoration of both architectural woodwork and furniture for residential properties. The company excels in commercial and landmark spaces, too, from the beloved dining room and bar at Cheers to the chief justices’ offices at the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

166 Crescent Rd., Needham, 781-449-1313, waynetowle.com.

Michael Humphries

Starting with the initial consultation, everything that the team at Michael Humphries Woodworking designs, builds, finishes, and installs reflects a superb attention to detail. They offer a wide variety of finishing options for their custom cabinetry, architectural millwork, and handmade furniture, all of which are assembled in the company’s Northfield shop. The icing on the cake? The group is committed to environmentally-friendly practices, using solar power in their workspace and recycling sawdust and mill byproducts.

158 Birnam Rd., Northfield, 413-498-0018, michaelhumphries.com.

Herrick & White 

What began in a garage as a two-man woodworking operation has now grown into a 55,000-square-foot manufacturing space that employs more than 100 craftspeople. Located on the site of a former 19th-century textile mill in Cumberland, Rhode Island, the 41-year-old company specializes in producing custom millwork as well as cabinetry, architectural woodwork, and original furniture for clients across the nation and around the globe.

3 Flast St., Cumberland, RI, 401-658-0440, herrick-white.com.