Mt. Pickett Woodworking was started in the late 70's in the
dining hall of the abandoned Buckhorn Lodge on the north shore
of Orcas. With the purchase of 5 acres on Mt. Pickett, work was
transferred to a tiny 10 ft. x 14 ft. shop. Whenever the sun
shone one could find Gary working on saw horses
out front where he could swing a board around. The second larger
shop was later constructed, followed by a warehouse lumber storage
Throughout the 80's we
were engaged in the construction of cabinetry for a large number
of fine island homes. As we became better known, the size and
scope of our cabinet projects increased. By the early 90's we
were providing cabinetry and interior millwork for the large
estates which were now becoming commonplace in the islands.
Upon completion of a highly unique and complex project for
the CEO of a well known sunglasses company, we were hired by
their Seattle area interior designer to construct all cabinetry
and most of the furniture for a waterfront residence just 4 docks
down from the Bill Gate’s home on Lake Washington.
Because the only access to this home is by tramway, all work
was delivered by barge.
Today the story is much the same, with an increasing emphasis
on reclaimed lumber. Our shop foreman, Danny McAndrew,
has become an expert in working with all types of wood, often
spending a portion of his time training other island raised young
men the skills he has perfected here.
Although some of our projects have taken us to the greater Seattle area,
we much prefer to stay in the shop here on Orcas and work in
our pastoral setting - the commute from Gary's home to shop
being a mere 100 feet.
We are currently building 36 interior doors, the cabinetry and
much of the furniture, as well as providing antique-wide plank
flooring, for a family compound on 120 acres of waterfront here
on Orcas. Each of these elements are carefully designed and constructed
to look centuries old.
A life long dream of designing and building this type of furniture
has been brought to fruition here at Mt. Pickett Woodworking
and we appreciate the trust and confidence of our many wonderful