Our Methods

History, Tradition, Connection

In the world of quality furniture, sometimes “good” is not good enough. Are you looking for something really special; something you just can not find in a furniture store or manufacture's catalog? A piece of furniture that will be connected to a rich history and “sense of place,” bringing as much pleasure into your life 30 years from now as it does today. A legacy you can pass down to your family.

Become a part of Saint John's living history. Abbey Woodworking is ready to help you.

Contact us for a free consultation about your ideas and desires.

The process of purchasing a custom creation does take some effort. It should not be an impulse action. Exploring your own needs and tastes along with good communication and collaboration with the furniture builder can add up to a meaningful experience while furnishing your home or office.

Come to the source where spirituality, simplicity and meticulous craftsmanship come together.

Strength, Elegance, Beauty

Saint John’s Abbey Woodworking is dedicated to excellence; designing and handcrafting our fine wood furniture using old world methods of joinery and craftsmanship. We strive to be a shop where quality of product and “sense of place” come together to become an heirloom for future generations.

Wood is a living entity, even when used to make a piece of furniture. Wood moves seasonally due to atmospheric conditions in the space it inhabits. Heat and cold, humid and dry conditions all affect the stability of your wooden furniture. In other words, wood moves and you need to take that movement into account when designing and building a custom piece.

Forest stewardship is critical to the long-term health of our planet and our Woodworking shop. Fine hard woods, sustainably harvested from our forest, commercially available hard woods and premium furniture grade plywood species from reputable, ecologically minded sellers are fashioned into a beautiful creation for your enjoyment. Unless by design, our cabinet frames and chairs are constructed of solid timber with traditional mortis and tenon joinery. We use solid wood “floating” frame and panel doors as well as other joinery and methods. This attention to detail will allow your custom creation to breathe easily, have room for movement, relax into its environment and stay comfortable for years to come.

We install quality hinges and drawer glides and offer a wide range of attractive hardware options to give that personal touch to your new creation.

We offer a variety of upholstery options from standard fabrics to leather. Each option is executed to the same standards as the furniture itself so that the two will become one beautiful creation. 

We laser engrave our makers mark on each piece in a conspicuous yet discreet location. If we use lumber from Saint John’s own forest we will also engrave our Forest Products mark on the piece allowing you the peace of mind and pride of fact that your creation was made from sustainable materials. Each piece will then be signed by the craftspeople involved in its creation.

Finished off with a wide pallet of colors and super durable top coat -- all available through Saint John’s Paint and Finishing Department -- your new heirloom will shine with dignity and style in your home our office.

Concept, Direction, Fulfillment

You may want a piece of furniture seen in our Furniture Gallery. These are pieces that are standard to our shop. You may have a design already in mind and simply need us to execute the production. Or you may have a need but no idea how to fill it. We will work with you to design and build a piece to your satisfaction.