has been a family owned and operated business for over twenty five years.
Owner James Wahlin began working in wood at an early age, and
continued his appreciation of the art through high school and college. During which Jim applied his talents to
the creation of many fine examples of custom homes and interiors in California, learning from master craftsman along
Early exposure to
Sam Maloof "I visited his home and workplace on a field trip in high school, and this memory is
forever imprinted on me", restoration work on the homes built by Charles and Henry Greene, as
well as work on other historically significant estate homes, continues to influence Jim today.
Although his attention to detail was
born from furniture making, his experience includes a year as an apprentice to the carpenters union, and working
in the commercial casework and store fixture marketplace. "I was hired to work in the fabrication shop,
but soon was awarded the opportunity to work in the design office." He adds,"I really enjoy the
challenge of applying my shop work experience to the design process, interpreting the designs from a fabricators
point of view."
It is his current role that he finds most fulfilling, coordinating with architects,
designers and homeowners to provide custom cabinetry and woodworking installations. Jim brings a unique set of talents
to the team, a foundation of a strong work ethic coupled with a design background.
"The key to a well executed project
is layout. Proper proportion, scale and balance is essential to a lasting and beautiful space". Experience has taught
Jim that composition is more valuable than the cost of materials. "I
have witnessed on more than one occasion, the most valuable materials being wasted on a plan that is flawed from
the beginning, and no amount of dressing will ever make it right, then I have seen where the simplest
materials used in a well thought out plan create a space both timeless and elegant".
Jim continues to expand his enjoyment of wood
working with the many facets of design, based in a firm foundation of old world craftsmanship and integrity. One
of the early pioneering shops to embrace computer assisted design and manufacturing processes, Jim continues
to dovetail his innovative design ideas and woodworking skills with technology and machinery available
only in recent years. When asked about trends and the "in one year out the next" cycle of interior
design Jims response is, "trends come and go but quality workmanship stands the test of time, it enhances your every
day experience, and takes on an heirloom quality that lasts for generations."