Architectural Woodwork,
Creative Repair, and Replication

Rob Chamberlin building the 30' curved bar top for Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo

There is a distinct separation between woodworking and carpentry, requiring completely different skills and tools. I have the ability to connect the two worlds by having extensive experience in both disciplines. This skill set has led to some very unique projects.

Some work requires installation or modification to the site. Other work is just too large or complicated for the shop and has to be built on site. Projects have ranged from a 30' curved bar top for Bell's Brewery, to a coffin made from salvaged wood for a WWII veteran who is buried in a national cemetery.

The bar top at Bell's Brewery, built by Rob Chamberlin The bar top at Bell's Brewery, built by Rob Chamberlin The bar top at Bell's Brewery, built by Rob Chamberlin

The bar top at Bell's Brewery. The 30' curve was composed by using a bent lamination technique,(boards ripped then glued back together in the same order around a curved form). There is nearly a quarter mile of glue joints in this bar top.

Custom salon interior by Rob Chamberlin Custom salon interior by Rob Chamberlin Custom salon interior by Rob Chamberlin

Custom salon interior.

Custom breakfast nook by Rob Chamberlin Custom breakfast nook by Rob Chamberlin

Custom breakfast nook.

Victorian railing replication. Victorian railing replication.

Railing replication for an 1860's Victorian house. I made an honest guess as to how the missing railing may have looked, basing the design on other details on the house.

Newel post replication by Rob Chamberlin Newel post replication by Rob Chamberlin

Newel post replication.

Coffin of pine, redwood and mahogany, made from scrap wood that Clyde Greenman collected throughout his life. Leftover material from coffin construction.

Coffin of pine, redwood and mahogany, made from scrap wood that Clyde Greenman collected throughout his life. The family needed a special box for this eccentric World War II veteran, so I was approached to construct one and given four and a half days to design and build. Also shown is the leftover material. There is a lot more to this story.

Site built kitchen in a loft apartment downtown Kalamazoo. Hand cut drawer boxes. Site built kitchen in a loft apartment downtown Kalamazoo. Hand cut drawer boxes.

Site built kitchen in a loft apartment downtown Kalamazoo, hand cut drawer boxes.