Making Your Vision a Reality
Maybe what you are looking for isn’t in a catalogue or store. You might be thinking about a certain form or design — elegant, quirky, or unusual.
You may need a particular surface treatment or finish of the wood, a special size and scale of a piece to match other parts of a historical restoration project. When your project requires the hand of a skilled woodworker, you need a craftsperson — someone who can work with you, side by side, to realize your vision.
Working with Foothills
I work on all types of architectural and restoration projects. My clients are small and large businesses, community and religious institutions, homeowners and architects. I design and build custom furniture, signage, and a range of figurative work.
When working on a custom piece, I collaborate with the client at every step. We develop the design and fine-tune solutions for the project. We get it done to your satisfaction, on schedule and on budget.
The Parish of the Epiphany is an Episcopal Church near Boston. Our building is beautiful, and reflects some of the finest of New England’s bounty from the early 1900s: hand-carved oak railings and pews, custom iron work, light fixtures, and ceramic tile. When we wanted to install additional wood furnishings (a tabernacle and a credence table) it was really important to commission a wood worker who understood us, including our wonderfully crazy tendency to accommodate many stakeholders, and to get the best in design and craftsmanship. We got it all in Nat Cohen and Foothills Wood Studio. Everybody is thrilled, and God is glorified.
Nat Cohen brought life to our brewery’s imagery, gracing us with beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art that we get to share with our customers in our brewpub. Nat was a pleasure to work with and create with because he listened to us and cared for our projects as if we were his main priority. He always made us feel included in each step he took during his carving process, from wood sourcing, to drawing things out, right through to the end of the carving. Our customers often point out how beautiful the carvings are, and we proudly tell them that a local craftsman, Nat Cohen of Foothills Wood Studio, made them!
Nat Cohen carved and installed a sign for the renovated one-room Boyden Schoolhouse (1881) in Conway, Mass. He understood the challenges inherent in historical preservation projects, from design constraints and fixed budgets to committee approvals, and was spot on with his time and cost estimates. We could not have been more pleased with his work—the handsome lettering, the choice of wood and finish, and his overall fine craftsmanship.
In the summer of 2014 I was commissioned to build a piece of wooden furniture that was to be inscribed. Nat helped with the cursive font selection and hand carved the inscription, all within a tight time line. It worked out well and the client was very pleased with the piece.
When our church commissioned Nat to design a donor tree, we each had a vision of the finished project. Nat listened to our requests and crafted a proposal that combined all of our ideas into a beautiful finished project — that's the mark of a true craftsman! Nat was easy to work with, sporting a great sense of humor and an unparalleled attention to detail. He was always on time to our meetings, worked within his original estimate and our budgetary constraints, and came back as many times as it took to create the perfect end product. We are delighted with our gorgeous donor tree that is now the focal point of our entrance.
Our experience with Nat was wonderful and we couldn't be happier with our sign. He walked us through design, production, and placement of our sign with a clear understanding of the project and stuck to an accurate timeline. The final product was exquisitely crafted and is a new source of pride for our young business.
Together, we develop designs according to your needs. Either from traditional patterns and ornament or from original contemporary designs. Every commission is a completely new journey. Every piece is unique and custom-crafted.