WoodWorks Clients Share Their Stories

Vintage Hammer by Bill First

When the President of Shure announced his retirement, Shure associates wanted to give him a very special gift. So a Shure microphone from 1939 was restored to like-new condition and a custom stand was fabricated. But it needed a special presentation box. Bill First was highly recommended by a local supplier of furniture-grade hardwood. After several meetings with Bill, he came back with beautiful designs using exquisite, but rarely-seen, hardwoods. The finished product far exceeded our expectations, and Shure’s President was overjoyed with his retirement gift. Bill First is a supremely talented artist who paints in hardwood.
– Michael Petersen at Shure, Inc.

The display cabinets Bill First’s WoodWorks designed and built to house scale models of our equipment were first rate. They were delivered according to schedule, reasonably priced, and have been the subject of much positive comment by visitors to our corporate offices, where they are conspicuously on display. Bill was our consultant on materials and design, and we have had every reason to be glad that this was the case. The models were built at different times by different model makers, so treatments varied. Bill designed multiple cabinets to house the collection as individual pieces (some as long as nine feet); his design imparted a uniform look that provided just the right touch.
– Richard Adams, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC

A coupon for a custom built cherry wood dining room table was under the tree one Christmas, a gift from my husband. Bill visited, measured our dining room, and listened to what we thought would work for us. We wanted a table with leaves that would expand to accommodate 12 diners for family dinners, but could shrink to a 42″ square when we weren’t entertaining. Bill created a beautiful piece of furniture for us that will be an heirloom for our kids and grandkids.
– Margaret Feit Clarke

I have known Bill First and Woodworks since the beginning. The furniture he builds is of very high quality and simply beautiful. I have three pieces in my home and hope to have more. Working with Bill is a delight as well. His professionalism and attention to detail are very impressive. I was consulted on every detail and together we built gorgeous pieces of furniture for my home.
– Kim Carter

Bill, I love my tables. They are a wonderful blending of form and function. I felt that you paid close attention to what I was looking for and executed the plan exactly to the picture I had in my mind. I consider the tables heirloom pieces as my children are already discussing who will get them when the time comes! Thank you so very much!
– M. Kathleen McDonald

Working with Bill on our new kitchen cabinets was a pleasure. He really listened to what was important to us, and he created beautiful cabinets that we continue to cherish. Bill’s experience and love of his craft showed through every step of the project, and his attention to detail was unparalleled. We couldn’t be happier with the finished product and we look forward to working with Bill again in the future.
– Sandra & Peter Stork