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Bespoke Design

Truly custom work developed and executed by local artisans, includes a 3D plan of the completed kitchen

The Finest Materials

Only FAS hardwoods are used - the highest grade.  All 5/4" stock provides superior joinery and feel.   Matched for grain, colors and overall balance within the room.


Formaldehyde Free cabinet-grade plywood for all case work - ¾" with ½" backs.


¾" hard maple drawer boxes with a ½" bottom


Highest quality hardware and accessories


Low and no VOC finishes

Craftsmanship and Care

Our attention to detail is second to none.  It is oftentimes, where you cannot see the difference - at the back of a cabinet or underside of a drawer, with the choice of hinge or glide - that the most impact is made.


Our methods are time-honored and produce results simply unmatched by boiler plate design and assembly line cabinetry.  


The pride we take in our craft, and the satisfaction of doing things right, is apparent in all of our work.

Value

It is unavoidable - cost is a factor.  


Better materials cost more to use, and better methods of work take longer to complete.  


All that said, we remain competitively priced in the market, and offer what we believe to be, the highest value for your investment, an unsurpassed pride of ownership, and an experience unlike any cabinet mill

Reach Out

if you've been contemplating a kitchen renovation, small or large, please feel free to contact me at your convenience -  Thank You, Rob Barone

buying green - what does it mean?

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What Is "Green"?

In the case of Barone Woodwork, it means conducting business responsibly with regard to people and planet. It means working with respect for environmental sustainability, health and well-being, good stewardship of the land, and preservation for future generations.


It is easy to see the environmental impact of a few dozen acres of woodland pulled down for a shopping center.  But buying locally, from a locally-owned small business that operates on green principles, can be just as impactful if practiced broadly and routinely. 


A Material Difference

I work primarily in North American hardwoods - trees that are grown and harvested with planning and care, and as nearby as possible, to reduce the effects of trucking.


For case work, I use formaldehyde-free cabinet grade maple plywood.  The composite materials and low-grade ply found in other cabinetry is notorious for hazardous off-gassing.  This is made much worse by today's tight, energy efficient homes.


VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are a hazard prevalent in mass-market furniture and cabinetry...  they are found in both it's materials and finishes.


Long ago, I chose to use only natural oils and wax for my finishes.  I simply didn't want to be exposed to the sort of chemicals that require a flame-proof cabinet, a respirator and a special permit to apply.


Linseed oil (flax) and Tung oil (china berry) have been used for hundreds of years.  Applied in many thin coats with a light wax topcoat, it will provide a durable, long-lasting, and renewable finish - with the soft luster and satiny touch that only a hand-rubbed finish like this can achieve.


It is time-consuming and labor intensive, but it is well worth the effort.

Enduring Value

When I build a piece of furniture, it is my intent that it will well outlast me..  


This begins with good design - especially, in the areas that are unseen.  Employing traditional woodworking methods, using the best accessories that modern manufacturers offer, natural, renewable finishes - it all contributes to a long lasting piece.


'Heirloom' sounds too haughty a word, but in effect, that is what I am building - work that will be passed down to the next generation and beyond.


This approach to generational work is not something to be reserved for the wealthiest 1%.  On the contrary, it is only in our recent history that the majority of folks began to accept cheap, disposable imitation in lieu of quality, craftsmanship, and the expectation of a long-serving life.


Finally, rather than ending up in the landfill in 5 or 10 years, to be replaced with another disposable product, the responsible practice of making things that last is an essential part of the green doctrine.

My Footprint

To lessen my impact on the environment, my shop is outfitted with LED lighting and well-insulated.  My wood waste is recycled and composted, and my transactions are paper-less.


My finishes are natural and there is no chemical run-off, no volatile off-gassing, and no exhausting of the toxic chemical residues present in a factory-built piece.


Finally, working green also includes supporting other local shops and suppliers, especially those who conduct their business likewise.  In this way, the positive effects are multiplied.

It Is a Choice

It is in our hands, and it is within our power to make the choices that will have a more positive impact on our home, our community and our planet.  Regardless of where you invest, I urge everyone to ask questions and well consider their choices in this matter.


Thank You