|Bob Johnson says that most of his work involves restoring carvings that have been damaged. This project is a replica of a 17th Century French door.|
Bob Johnson of Bob Johnson Woodworking, located in Snohomish, WA, creates finely crafted furniture pieces for high-end homes. His work includes building custom mantels, doors, radius casings, mouldings, stairways and hand carvings.
Johnson’s 5,000 square foot shop consists of five employees — three of whom are his children. He has no computerized equipment in the shop and profiles his own knives and creates jigs and templates. Many of his projects are one-offs, one-of-a-kind pieces for high-profile clients in the Seattle/Bellevue area.
“Nothing is stock or standard,” he says. “Everything is old school. It’s amazing what you can do with just a router or shaper.”
Most of his work involves restoring carved pieces that have been damaged.
The project pictured above is a replica of a 17th century French door in the Design Center in Seattle. When a local designer found the original door, which is 14-feet tall and 5-feet wide, it was “beat-up and rotted,” Johnson notes. Approximately $30,000 was spent on initial repairs and then an additional $30,000 was spent when the designer asked Johnson to refinish it — fixing the carvings.
A client saw that door and wanted something similar for his own home. For the new version pictured, Johnson created this 8-foot-tall and 3-foot, 6-inch-wide copy. Made of Honduras mahogany, it is carved on both sides. Johnson says that it took approximately a month to complete with one employee working on it.
Visit bobjohnsonwoodworking.com to view a gallery of custom projects, including doors, mantels, restorations and an online catalog of mouldings.
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