Stijl Woodcraft, named after the Dutch spelling for Style, started in a garage and has grown into something much greater than the sum of its parts. We don’t just build things, we build relationships. Commissioning a custom piece or repurposing a family heirloom can be an exciting and emotional endeavor, and we want to make the experience just as memorable as the piece itself.
At Stijl Woodcraft we are getting back to the roots of true craftsmanship. We tell our story through beautifully handcrafted furniture, wood countertops, cabinetry, accessories, home decor and architectural accents. Each piece that comes out of our shop is of heirloom quality and is meant to be passed down for generations.
There’s a great deal of satisfaction you get when you make something with your own two hands. Being covered from head to toe in the sweet smell of sawdust, the feel of a quality tool in your hand, seeing the wood grain come to life with the first coat of finish. I first experienced this phenomenon when I was 7 or 8 years old. I had wandered into my Granddaddy Mac’s shop whilst he was making a gift for my birthday. Naturally I was not supposed to be privy to his project, but instead of shunning me away he invited me to take part.
He was making a scooter out of plywood scraps and a tattered pair of steel wheeled roller skates. I was more in the way than anything, but he let me turn a few screws and slather on some old house paint. The scooter (which soon after became a skateboard after ripping off the handlebars) wasn’t a work of art by any stretch of the imagination, but it cracked open a door into a world that would fascinate me for the entirety of my life up to this point. Creating.
My Grandaddy Mac, my Poppy and my Dad were all makers. The fondest memories of my childhood are the ones spent in the shops and garages of these great men piddling around with tools and watching and learning. I guess you could say this stuff is in my blood.
After graduating high school by the skin of my teeth I started my first real job in a cabinet shop. I was always a part of other creative endeavors such as music, visual art, writing and the like, but woodworking stuck with me. It was the only venue where I could make a little money doing what I loved, making things.
After journeying through the wood industry for another 12 or so years I finally had the gumption to strike out on my own under the moniker, Stijl.