Finely Crafted Wood
As more homeowners begin the design process with very specific ideas about what they want, the need for craftspeople gifted in the art of custom woodworking is growing. Here are some of NoCo’s best.
If you’ve spent some time in any of Fort Collins’ local brewers (be they beer or coffee), you’ve come across Zach Yendra’s work. Of custom work, he says, “Working with a local designer and builder on your dream piece will change the way you buy furniture.” Yendra Built, yendrabuilt.com
Designer Ryan Baldwin says, “Sometimes, people want something to stand out, and we get a chance to design a unique, eye-catching piece. Other times, they may want it to blend in with existing decor and we can make that work, too.” Baldwin Custom Woodworking, baldwinwoodworking.com
Although Ryan Schlaefer is based in arts-centric Loveland, his furniture can be found in homes all over the country. “A custom piece of furniture is extra fabulous because it’s a reflection of the person making the purchase,” he says. Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, rtsfurnituredesign.com
Designer Bryant Bajema works to match beauty with functionality. “You have a story for why you want a custom piece of furniture,” he says. “It needs to be the right height, right width, and boast the right features.” Bajema combines these details into a heritage piece that he says will “ensure that your story will be told for generations to come.” Colorado Fine Woodworks, coloradofinewoodworks.com