Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Birch Woodworks: Creating the antiques of the future today

It all started in a garage in Cupertino.

“Woodworking was my dad’s hobby,” said Tom, owner of Birch Woodworks Co. Inc. “I grew up doing it. Both my dad and I loved it. And high-quality craftsmanship was the natural result.”

It didn’t take long for local engineers and other professionals to notice. By showcasing their work at area home shows, Tom and his father soon became known for their excellent work with kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. Friends and acquaintances began asking Tom to do work for them, and, eventually, Tom decided it was time to branch out.

“We left the garage and opened our own shop in Santa Clara in 1978,” said Tom, owner of Birch Woodworks. “Later, we decided to move the business north to Pollock Pines — my wife Randy and I loved the mountains and felt like it would be a good place to raise our three boys. That was 1989. We’ve been here ever since.”

Today, Birch Woodworks offers a vast array of high-end custom home cabinetry, entry door systems, desks and bookshelves for studies and offices, unique furniture pieces such as kitchen hutches and entertainment systems and more. Tom’s son, Joel, joined the business five years ago, and together they make every piece by hand as though they were building it for themselves — even their cabinet doors.

“We’ve always built our own cabinet doors — most do not,” said Tom. “We use only the highest quality products and buy from local suppliers as much as we can, and we like to hand select our own hardware. It’s a lot different from modular cabinetry at places like Home Depot. We want everything we build to be an antique of the future.”

In addition to his woodworking skills, Tom has his general contractors license and can do remodel work for clients, including lighting, electricity and plumbing. In every situation, he spends a lot of time talking with clients about what they want before a project is ever begun. If he doesn’t have a sample that “wows” them, Tom will go home and create one. This is where he and Randy say the fun begins.

“We love trying to come up with what a person would really like,” said Randy, who helps Tom with almost every area of the business. “That’s the fun part where you can let your creativity flow.”

Recently, Tom and Randy have felt privileged to work on a few creative projects such as “Tot Land” — an interactive children’s area that includes mangrove trees with silk leaves and more — as well as an “Art Ark” for the Crocker Art Museum. In addition, Tom and Joel have been known to construct castle beds for children’s rooms, unique side tables for homes and more. It’s all just part of their commitment to meeting their customers’ needs.

“If you can dream it, we can do it,” said Randy. “We love everything we do and feel confident that what we offer is the best that’s out there. We’re always looking out for our customers’ best interests. We’ve even had people say, ‘If this isn’t enough, we’ll pay more…’ But, no. We’re people just like you, and we want to help in any way we can.”

Come visit our booth at the El Dorado Home and Garden Show, May 3-5, 2013. For more information, visit our new Web site at or call us at 530-644-1090.

Jessica Cyphers


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