Who We Are
We are Woodworking & Home Renovation Specialists offering upscale custom woodworking solutions for your home or business. We're artisans and our work always has unique, beautiful custom details that you won't get from your run of the mill contractor. Whether we are building custom cabinets or creating reclaimed wine barrel furniture, we take pride in our work and deliver nothing but the highest quality results.
James Ryen founded Elite Woodworking Designs in 2007 out of his passion and purpose for building and creating fine woodworking. James discovered his passion for building at 14 when he started doing remodeling and renovations as his neighbor's apprentice. His craft took him to the New England Woodworking Co. in Rhode Island where he learned how to build restoration pieces and other fine woodworking. On his first day, James actually worked on a piece they were making for the TV show, "This Old House." James was part of the think tank team for one of only four companies in the U.S. that produced hurricane rated wooden windows. His love of design and forward thinking led him to establish Elite Woodworking Designs.
As an avid outdoorsman, James brings his love of nature into the workshop with live edge projects and recycling used wine barrels and barnwood. Using tried and true methods of fastening (mortis and tenon, dowel construction) and superior products, James builds his pieces to last a lifetime. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his family where he has many provincial inspirations in materials and designs.
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