kitchen shows off
Architectural elements, carvings and
finishes are large part of design.
Woodland Furniture combined custom finish- es, carvings and special details to produce a kitchen that was recognized by the industry. The Idaho Falls, Idaho, company won the
Cabinet Makers Association “Best of” overall Wood Diamond
Award for a high-end kitchen.
The kitchen was entered under the category of “Kitchen Finish over $50,000” in
the CMA Wood Diamond competition.
“This kitchen represents everything
we do as much as anything we’ve ever
done,” said Woodland Furniture’s Dan
O’Handley. “I think the combination of
the carved elements, the metalwork, the
hand finishes and intricate design show
our ability to provide an artisan level proj-
O’Handley said the main characteristics
of the award-winning kitchen were the
architectural elements, carvings and finishes, and they were
also the biggest challenges. The carvings are all done by hand
and the company’s two full-time wood carvers were going full-
tilt for several months to get through the whole project.
“In the kitchen we had a heavily carved, curved island with
a cast pewter countertop and decorative beams with radius
crown moulding and carved medallions,” O’Handley said.
“The perimeter cabinetry featured antique glass, custom
metal grid work, hand-distressed planked backs in exposed
cabinets, cast bronze corbels, a carved window valance and
The cabinetry was primarily made from superior-grade
clear alder solid exteriors with alder plywood box construc-
tion and solid alder dovetail drawer boxes.
This was a renovation project for a
designer. Woodland provided detailed con-
cept drawings and CAD as well as several carving and finish
samples to get the project through the design process.
The perimeter cabinetry and millwork has a hand dry
brushed stain over alder with the island finished in a ‘
Pomegranate’ dry brushed paint. The upper cabinetry includes
antiqued glass doors with custom metal grill work. The mail
center cabinetry includes some very unusual interior storage
options and pull-outs as well as intricate grill work detail.
“We also did several heavily carved arched entryways,
egg-and-dart base and crown moulding, a really cool hidden
pantry door, and even a little hand-carved mouse nestled in
the base moulding of one of the cabinets, which is a signature element from one of our Woodland furniture pieces.
The main characteristics of the award-winning
kitchen were the architectural elements, carvings
and finishes, and they were also the biggest
by Karl D. Forth
Who: Woodland Furniture
Where: Idaho Falls, Idaho
What: Custom furniture,
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