Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays from the Team at Woodworkers Naples!


(Left to right) Michael Gordon, Armando Alfaro, Joe Provenzano, Scott Palmateer, A.J. Nickless, Arthur Powell, Francisco Henriquez, Craig Brown, Chris Schoener, Javier Noyola, Gary Fusco, Daniel Fusco, Wladimir Rodriguez and Tom Renninghoff 

First of all, I would like to thank our amazing team of master craftsmen at Woodworkers Naples for a wonderful, busy and successful year.  We have delivered some truly incredible work in 2014 and none of it would have been possible without the dedication and sheer talent of our staff. 

Enormous thanks must also be given to our partners, Diamond Custom Homes, Morton and Wasmer, Newbury North, Mark J. Leonardi Architect, Marcus Jelley Luxury Cabinetry Design, Antoine Testard Designs, Roz Travis Interiors and Artisan Associates.  May we continue to work successfully together, achieving incredible results in 2015 and beyond.

This year we have been fortunate enough to deliver luxury custom architectural furniture and cabinetry (crafted by our artisans) to some of the most exclusive addresses in Naples.  Our latest projects are showcased within estate homes at luxury communities (Escada at Tiburon), beautiful private homes in Pine Ridge Estates and Port Royal and exclusive oceanfront condominiums (The Windsor at Bay Colony).  We have delivered to many luxury businesses both locally and nationally, including Elizabeth Anthony Jewelry in Houston, Pristine Fine Dry Cleaning and Delicious Raw Juice Bar in Naples.

On behalf of the entire team, we would like to wish our partners, customers, friends and family a Happy Holiday and a very Prosperous New Year.

Daniel Fusco

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Major Projects in Progress - WOODWORKERS NAPLES

Contemporary Barn Residence on Mockingbird Lake, Pine Ridge Estates

Builder | Diamond Custom Homes,  Architect | Mark J. Leonardi,  Contemporary Cabinetry & Furniture Design | Marcus Jelley, Interior Design | Antoine Testard DesignsCabinetry Build & Install (Kitchen/Home Office/Bar/Powder Room)  | Woodworkers Naples 

Throughout the summer months and into early fall, our team of skilled craftsmen and master artisans have been busy creating luxury custom cabinetry and furniture for several large-scale projects within Naples.  Current projects in progress include a contemporary barn residence, located within the beautiful country-like setting of Pine Ridge Estates and a magnificent luxury estate home in the private gated enclave of Escada Estates.

Woodworkers Naples are delighted to have been awarded the contracts for both projects and were handpicked from a shortlist of national and local luxury cabinetry companies known for their excellence.   It is also an absolute pleasure to be working closely alongside Diamond Custom Homes and luxury cabinetry designer Marcus Jelley once again.   The installations (one project featuring contemporary style furniture - the other project classical) are currently in progress.

Also in motion is a transitional style condo renovation within The Windsor at Bay Colony.  Woodworkers Naples have collaborated as a team several times with Artisan Associates, Roz Travis Interiors and Marcus Jelley, consistently delivering award-winning amazing results. 

Last to feature in progress is commercial project, Delicious Raw on Pine Ridge.   Following the success of Delicious Raw's 5th avenue location (Woodworkers Naples built and installed the bar and cabinetry in 2013),  they are due to launch a second juice bar later this month.

We look forward to sharing each of these unique projects upon completion… Watch this space!

Magnificent Luxury Estate Home at Escada Estates, Tiburon Golf and Country Club

Builder | Diamond Custom Homes, Classical Cabinetry & Furniture Design | Marcus Jelley, Cabinetry Build & Install (Kitchen/Butler Pantry/Family TV Built-in/Laundry/Master Baths/Wine Area/Champagne Room/Study/Game Room) |   Woodworkers Naples

Complete Renovation, The Windsor at Bay Colony

Builder | Artisan Associates, Interior Design | Roz Travis Interiors, Transitional Cabinetry & Furniture Design | Roz Travis Interiors & Marcus Jelley, Cabinetry Build & Install (Kitchen/Master Bathrooms/His-Hers Master Suite Closet/Master Morning Bar/Bar Area) | Woodworkers Naples

Commercial Project - Delicious Raw on Pine Ridge

Architect | Andrea Clark Brown, Commercial Bar & Cabinetry Design | Marcus Jelley, Cabinetry Build & Install | Woodworkers Naples

The Team at Woodworkers.

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Diamond Custom Homes - 239. 325. 4600

Mark J. Leonardi Architect - 239. 263. 5454

Marcus Jelley Cabinetry & Furniture Design - 347. 831. 4791

Antoine Testard Designs - 239. 404. 6444

Roz Travis Interiors - 239. 514. 3737

Artisan Associates - 239. 253. 3468

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Welcome to Fall 2014 - Woodworkers Naples

Contemporary Display Cabinet handcrafted by Master Craftsman and Founder of Woodworkers Naples, Gary Fusco.

Welcome to the Fall...  The summer months were a busy and exciting time at Woodworkers Naples and the team have a lot to look forward to this coming season.  The workshop is buzzing with interesting new projects and we have chosen to showcase a beautifully handcrafted contemporary display cabinet, by master craftsman and founder of Woodworkers Naples, Gary Fusco.

The design concept by Allan Hendy Designs cleverly blends architectural form and function and was presented to us by New Haven Builders, on behalf of clients located in the elegant and luxurious Cap Ferrat, within Pelican Bay Community.

Design Concept by Allan Hendy Designs

The frame was constructed from four pieces of plain sliced Maple mitred together to hide unattractive seams/end grain and to ensure the side posts sat perfectly straight and stable, (solid wood can move!)  The frame needed to be very precise - with accuracy to a 1/32" for all the pieces to fit together...

The aluminum track supporting each glass shelf conceals a light and diffuser within, enabling light to shine through the edge of the glass on all 4 sides.  There is additional light at the top of the cabinet to shine down from above.

Gary Fusco is a highly skilled artisan with an extensive knowledge of woodworking, drawn from a lifetime of experience.  Usually immersed in engineering, preparing things to go into the shop and supporting his son, Daniel from the back office - his love of finely detailed work brought him back into the workshop to 'pick up the tools' for this particular project!  Originally founding Woodworker's Cabinet in Chicago, 1979, Gary spotted an emerging market in Southwest Florida.  The company promptly relocated to become the first luxury custom cabinet shop in Naples.

'Finely detailed and beautifully handcrafted perfection.  Our clients inspire us...  We love what we do.'

Gary Fusco

We are proud to provide elite design and craftsmanship that is built to last in our state-of-the-art workshop and a huge thanks to our amazing team for an incredible reputation locally.

The Team at Woodworkers.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pristine Fine Dry Cleaning - Contemporary Chic - Woodworkers Naples

Pristine Fine Dry Cleaning, handcrafted by master craftsman, Francisco Henriquez for Woodworkers Naples

One of our latest commercial projects, Pristine Fine Dry Cleaning, represents a departure from your conventional dry cleaning experience.  The interior architecture, designed by award-winning JZA+D based in Princeton, New Jersey, reflects the clients' desire for an inspirational new experience using a simple palette of materials in warm wood and earth tones, framed within white curvilinear elements.  The white central reception/work space unites and separates each of the effortlessly functional elements of the project.  Two curvilinear wall features beautifully house storage areas.

The striking contemporary design was transformed to reality this Spring by master craftsman Francisco Henriquez.  Previously a leading specialist in custom handcrafted mahogany entry doors in Honduras, we are delighted Francisco brought his wealth of experience to the team at Woodworkers Naples in 2013.

The modular pieces of the project are formed from two layers of special bending ply, glued together to hold the shape.  Cherry melamine strips cut out with a CNC router (computer controlled cutting machine) create different levels of transparency, screening clothing racks, whilst still allowing views throughout the space.  To achieve a glass-like finish, the pieces were entirely skimmed with a thin polybacker, to create a luxurious, durable skin with an incredibly smooth surface prior to spraying.

Owners Tom and Lorrie Janick were wonderful to work with and remained very involved throughout the 6 week build period.  They knew exactly what they wanted from the outset and visited the workshop, discussing and guiding progress on a weekly basis.  Pristine Fine Dry Cleaning, also based in Princeton, New Jersey, unveiled their chic new outpost in Naples, FL, Spring 2014.

Francisco Henriquez crafting one of the curvilinear elements

PRISTINE FINE DRY CLEANING is the premiere solution for all your dry cleaning needs, specializing in high end couture garments, accessories and custom machine free cleaning.   The family business has been deeply involved in the dry cleaning industry since 1956.  Owner Tom Janick has a lifetime of experience, developing products and equipment and installed the first wet-cleaning system in California, (where there are now over 75 facilities in operation!)  The beautiful new space also offers customized cleaning, special handling, a master tailoring service onsite and can restore and refurbish items; such as couture bags and purses.

It's all in the details...


The Team at Woodworkers.

*You can find Pristine Fine Dry Cleaning: 506, 9th Street N, Naples, FL 34102

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Love Me, Love Me Not Table - Handcrafted by Master Artisan, CRAIG BROWN

Love Me, Love Me Not Table
8 white oak petal side tables form a full sculptural flower.  The original design by John Vogel & Justin Plunkett has been recreated at Woodworkers Naples for clients by master craftsman extraordinaire, 

Craig is a passionate, self-taught woodworking craftsman, with over 30 years of knowledge and experience.  As a child, he watched his father and grandfather enjoying woodworking as a hobby.  The inspiring book by James Krenov, 'A Cabinetmaker's Notebook' (1976), which explores cabinetmaking as an art, philosophy and way of life, ultimately inspired Craig to pursue cabinetmaking as his career.

In 1983, he opened a workshop in Elk Rapids, Michigan building local commercial and residential architectural woodwork, furniture and intricate floor inlays.  He also designed and built beautifully handcrafted fine wooden jewelry boxes for 20 years, which were sold at 150 prestigious art galleries globally - from London to New York, to right here in Naples!  ps.  Even Oprah herself personally purchased one of his jewelry boxes!

Craig also handcrafted elegant fly fishing accessories, such as wooden fly boxes crafted from walnut, lacewood, bubinga, cherry and African mahogany with inlays of exotic woods such as rosewoods and ebonies, to protect valuable flies.  His flawless landing nets for fly fishermen made of hickory and ash also sold internationally at over 70 locations.  His functional art and skill garnered much attention and his work was published in 'The Sporting Craftsmen', by Art Carter.  This complete guide represents the best contemporary makers of custom-built sporting equipment available.

Incredibly versatile and talented, sincere and genuine, Craig has been with Woodworkers for 4 years and is always willing to share his extensive knowledge and experience with the team.  His latest work, the Love Me, Love Me Not table, is a sculptural adaptive, elegant and playful work of art, beautifully exploring organic form.

"..extraordinary work... superb skill.' 
Art Carter on the mastery of Craig Brown.


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Friday, February 28, 2014

Before and After: Fresh & Contemporary Makeover at Miromar Lakes Resort

AFTER...  A Symmetrical, Contemporary and Balanced Space...

Woodworkers Naples are excited to showcase our latest project in Southwest Florida - a beautiful and glamorous residence within award-winning private resort, Miromar Lakes.

Formerly a dark and dated home shutting out natural light, the client wanted a complete redesign of the whole floor space, removing arches, decorative columns and dark finishes.  In addition, the client had plans for a connecting 'Casita' (attached, self contained guest house)  and ideas for clean and contemporary styling on the kitchen remodel, feature fireplace detail and bathrooms.


Dave Sturdyvin, founder of exclusive Naples-based design, development and construction company, Artisan Associates, Inc. managed the project from demolition to completion.  Having worked with the clients previously and surpassed all expectations - David's vision, organizational qualities and meticulous attention to detail were called upon to completely transform their new home.  

The floorspace was opened up, an extension 'Casita' linked by a passageway was added and a team of experts brought together, including Woodworkers Naples and designer / fine cabinetry expert, Marcus Jelley.  An initial wish-list was drafted and the space was entirely redesigned to combine both function and style to suit their busy lifestyle.

KITCHEN REMODEL:  Cabinetry - Woodworkers Naples / Design - Marcus Jelley

Custom white handcrafted cabinetry and white Quartz tops, with polished nickel hardware adding glamour to the scheme.  The cabinetry is perfectly complimented by a contrasting antique white Oak wooden floor.  A clutter free and sociable space with separate wine area, boasts a large island - ideal for entertaining guests or used as a serving area for bigger parties.  A clever lighting scheme with details such as frosted glass top boxes backlit with LED lighting also adds to the ambience. 


A beautiful elemental combination of fire and steel, designed by Marcus Jelley.  The client was open to ideas on a modern, unconventional and distinctive focal point for the living room.  A hot rolled steel plate from local metal fabricators clads the custom fireplace shell, by Woodworkers and features a 6 foot linear burner and TV flush within, installed with steel panels.  Custom white lacquered cabinets frame both sides concealing storage for AV equipment and LED lit shelves for objects d'art.   

Hot Rolled Steel...  
The gunmetal grey material develops variations/patterns upon it, from exposure to moisture in the atmosphere, giving each piece a unique look.  It has beautiful richness, the warmth comes from the material's ability to reflect light in muted tones, being smooth and dense, yet somehow soft, subtle and cool.  

Passageway to the 'Casita' 

An inspiring collaborative effort and outcome...


David Sturdyvin of Artisan Associates, Inc.
1845 Trade Centre Way, Naples, FL, 34109.  (239) 596 2966 /

Woodworkers Naples
6189 Taylor Road, Naples, FL, 34109  (239) 593 1718 /

Marcus Jelley LLC.
966, 6th Ave. South, Naples, FL. 34102.  (347) 831 4791 /

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Team at WOODWORKERS NAPLES - Master Artisan, Chris Schoener

"Accentuating the natural character of the wood makes each piece unique.  Lacquer and tung oil create an iridescence like a pearl." 
Chris Schoener

Woodworkers Naples pride ourselves in consistently being the leading provider of fine interior woodwork and finishes in Naples, Florida.  This accolade would not be possible without our team of passionate skilled artisans, who share decades of combined experience transforming blueprints into beautiful furniture, fine cabinetry and architectural details.

We value every individual at Woodworkers Naples and wanted to focus on some of our incredible artisans!  The latest addition to our team is the talented Chris Schoener, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our workshop.  Not only a fine master woodworker with a lifetime of experience, Chris boasts organizational and project management skills, acquired from running his own fine woodworking workshop in New Orleans for 12 years.  (He was instrumental in rebuilding homes and furniture in the city post Hurricane Katrina in 2005.)  Chris specializes in intricate and complicated curved woodworking and has an incredible attention to detail throughout our projects.

Handcrafting exotic hardwoods such as rosewood, paduc, Australian lacewood and sassafras into exquisite pieces of furniture and art forms, has always been a lifelong passion.  Initially collecting waste exotic wood he couldn't bear to discard, (some of which is endangered), Chris meticulously began to recycle the waste into handcrafted pieces of art.  His obvious skill was quickly recognized and he found himself being commissioned to craft museum quality pieces.  This includes a wedding gift fashioned from purpleheart wood, reclaimed from the VA hospital benches in New Orleans, post Hurricane Katrina.

Art as a functional form - Rifle Blank formed by 20,000 slices of exotic wood laminated together.

His most elaborate creation to date is a blank of wood that will be carved by an architectural gunsmith into a bespoke shooting rifle.  The forend tip and rifle butt feature a beautiful checkerboard design, with the grain of wood running in the same direction to transfer energy towards the shoulder. The layers of glue between each slice act a shock absorbers, also to diminish energy towards the back.

A talented, dedicated addition to our team!

The Team at Woodworkers.
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