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Kitchen Design with Unique Beauty

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Long white kitchen

This is a lovely example of a simple and airy kitchen with organic ties. Bleached and weathered wood is quite popular in furniture and cabinetry right now. The organic warmth of the farmhouse table works nicely with the cool stainless steel appliances and simple white cabinetry. Transitional polished chrome Open shelving and mid-century modern furniture make this kitchen unique and welcoming. 


Tags: kitchen cabinet design, cabinetry, kitchen design, trends

Small Kitchen Design is Big on Style

Posted by Amy Cornell on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

General Woodcraft Small Kitchen Design Remodel

Bigger is not always better. Proving that point beautifully is this gorgeous small kitchen design and remodel in coastal Rhode Island by the General Woodcraft kitchen design team.

Thanks to a vertically laid ceramic tile backsplash, a creamy monochromatic palette and scaled down appliances, this kitchen feels very spacious despite limited parameters.

The angled peninsula creates seating, a copious amount of space for food prep and entertaining and also delineates the kitchen from adjacent areas. This kitchen design features Signature Custom Cabinetry with customized stiles and rails and custom colored painted cabinets.

Tags: kitchen islands, Small Kitchens

Kitchen Design is in the Details

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Apr 07, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

General Woodcraft Kitchen Design Budget Ideas

Like the little black dress, white kitchen cabinetry is a beautiful choice that will never go out of style. But, how do you stand out among other white kitchens? Accessories, of course. One of the reasons homeowners gravitate toward white cabinetry is because it provides a crisp and neutral backdrop which can be customized to reflect one's style (and budget). Add some unique hardware, artful glass, furniture-style legs and feet (photo), custom molding and panels, whatever suits your taste. The only rule is this: make it your own. Because nobody likes to hide behind the punch bowl because they're wearing the same dress as their neighbor.

General Woodcraft kitchen designers work with quality cabinet manufacturers whose incredible accessory choices will help to create your dream kitchen. If we can't find the "bling" you're dreaming of, chances are good we can build it. Our onsite woodworking shop has professional craftsmen ready to help bring your kitchen project to life.


We love what we do ... and you will too.


Tags: custom woodwork, planning your kitchen, cabinetry, custom kitchen cabinets

The General Woodcraft Experience

Posted by Chris Nolan on Wed, Aug 06, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Lots of my friends and people we meet ask where I work and when I say, “General Woodcraft”, they often swoon and tell me about a wonderful experience they had, or their friends had, or their parents had, or their cousins had or friends of their parents and cousins had.

Lyman Kitchen 08 copy

At first I was amazed that General Woodcraft had such a consistentlykitchen cabinet designs strong reputation. I frequently hear comments like, “General Woodcraft designed a kitchen for us and it is so beautiful! We had it installed a few years ago and we love it as much as today as we did when it was first installed.”  People who bought Ipe hardwood decking from us fifteen years ago often call us up to thank us for such a beautiful and long lasting deck. The list of satisfied customers goes on and on and it continues. I was and continue to be overwhelmed by the positive feedback that we consistently hear from past and present clients.

This customer loyalty did not happen by accident. Satisfying our customers above and beyond their expectations is not the exception to the rule – it is the standard. We call it The General Woodcraft Experience and you just can’t get the same thing anywhere else. When Steven F. Crook, president and CEO General WoodcraftI first joined General Woodcraft in 2008 I was surprised to hear the philosophy of Steven Crook (president, owner and CEO of General Woodcraft). I asked Steve point blank, “Steve, why on earth would you take the time and spend the money to send a craftsman from our woodshop out to make repairs on a job we supplied eight years ago? Clearly we are not expected to or obliged to do this work?” Steve’s response to me, and I’ll never forget it was, “It’s a marketing expense.”  From my perplexed expression Steve could see that I needed further explanation.

Steve went on to explain that General Woodcraft has always gone to great lengths to satisfy its clients - even if it hurts. Word of mouth tools of the tradeadvertising from satisfied customers has been the hallmark of our marketing philosophy and is the biggest reason people continue to come back and do business with us. Any company can write a fancy advertisement or radio spot or TV commercial, but there is no better advertising in the world than lots and lots of satisfied clients. Although it takes years to develop a strong and loyal clientele, Steve’s consistent efforts over many, many years continue to pay dividends.

Satisfying our clients for the short term and long term are a core value of our company. We look forward to the opportunity to share The General Woodcraft Experience with you or your friends - or your parents or your cousins or friends of your parents and cousins.  Come on in and let us design the kitchen of your dreams or the deck of a lifetime.

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Tags: woodworking, cabinets, decking, General Woodcraft

Genuine Mahogany Woodworking Project with Clock Insert

Posted by Mark Brewer on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

South American Genuine Mahogany Clock

Fred Serluca, a highly skilled woodworker and craftsman has his latest project coming deep from the ocean depths.  This beautiful brass clock is mounted in a South American Mahogany. The clock itself was originally used on the nuclear powered submarine USS ALEXANDRIA, which was commissioned in 1991 and is based in Groton CT.

South American Mahogany placque and clock resized 600

Fred had to work very hard to clean up the clock to restore it to its original beauty. Fred also fixed the inner workings which is why the clock was replaced by the Navy. The propeller is also the key which winds up the clock.

The part of the story which really stands out to me is that Fred is dedicating the clock to his longtime friend Brendan McGuirk who is battling a serious illness. Fred has done some wonderful projects using many of beautiful hardwoods and continues to show that his skill as a craftsman of fine hardwoods is only matched by his integrity as a human being.

Please visit our website to learn more about genuine american mahogany, other exotic and figured hardwoods, woodworking projects and custom woodworking:

Genuine Mahogany

Exotic and Figured hardwoods

Custom Woodworking

Tags: woodworking, mahogany, genuine mahogany