My training and work as a carpenter has led me on a ten-year journey through a variety of design and carpentry environments.
Along the way, my "studies" have included formal and structured settings like The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking; integrated with my own independent thirst for learning, reading, and growing (it's a rare project I take on that doesn't teach me something new).
I've worked in large, professional outfits including a stair manufacturing company, where I developed an appreciation for precision and efficiency. And I've been apprenticed to a seasoned expert in a small cabinetry shop, who taught me about detail and technique.
I've been, at different times, a contributing "cog in the wheel," the lead carpenter for a construction company, and, most recently, an independent woodworker focusing on custom cabinetry, built-ins, kitchens, architectural millwork, and furniture.
Along the way I've seen the assorted aesthetics of design, the varied methods of fine woodworking and carpentry, and the many different approaches to business.
In 2006, I founded Maple Tree Cabinetmakers with my wife Sarah. Our goal was simple: to grow our business into an even more encompassing venture that would integrate the best ideas of ten-years of observing, growing, and learning.
-Joshua Winkley, President