Born and raised in the smallest state in the Union, Rhode Island, I grew up in a large family with deep ties to the region. From an early age I loved the outdoors, be it playing in the yard to hiking, I always wanted to be outside. As a boy I loved to visit the mountains of New Hampshire, and to this day they are still my “happy place”.
When I was 18 years old I moved to NYC to pursue my dream of studying Technical Theater During my studies I was lucky enough to have some great mentors, who introduced me to woodworking and an outlet for my creativity. Through those college years, my life long passion started; with building full stage musicals and slowly over the years transitioning into building “pieces with a purpose”.
After years of touring the country with Broadway musicals, and a number of years living in Florida, building scenery and rigging for theaters I have found myself in Western North Carolina following my dream of owning and running my custom wood shop I now have the luxury of living with my fiance, Mandy, and our two dogs and cat in our mountain home and wood shop.
All of our products are designed and created by me, Chad DiCaprio, from sustainable and re-purposed materials. They are salvaged from a variety of sources like old furniture, bed frames, cabinets, and discarded lumber. When the need arises to purchase fresh lumber, I choose to “shop local” either from local lumberyards or preferably local sustainable forest supplies. One such sustainable source of our materials is right in our own backyards, the Appalachian Mountain Range. According to research released by the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis compiled within each state in the Appalachian Region;
“The Appalachian Hardwood Forest is growing 2.45 trees for every tree that is harvested according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Inventory and Analysis. That is an improvement of five percent since 2007 and verifies the continued sustainability of the Appalachian Hardwood Forest for the past 50 years.” (http://appalachianhardwood.info/)
Even with a sustainable source such as our own mountain range here in the Western North Carolina Region, it is my best intention to reuse and re-purpose wood down to the smallest scrap in an effort to create unique custom creations while at the same time having as little environmental impact as possible.
Materials for our creations are individually selected for each project depending on the characteristics and qualities desired by our customers. Due to the nature of wood products and the availability of materials during the creative process, no two creations are alike.