Thursday, December 4, 2014

Deck the Halls

Hallway Bookcase with Built-In Storage
A long, open wall in a large hallway was the perfect place to add a bookcase that compliments many other built-ins in the home.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Classic Radiator Cover

Removable Radiator Cover with Storage Compartments

This removable radiator cover also has storage compartments for shoes, boots, hats, gloves, etc.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Custom Beams and Mantel

Custom Beams and Mantel

This family room with a cathedral ceiling provided enough space to add these decorative oak beams and massive oak fireplace mantel. They create just the right blend of traditional to this contemporary room that the home owners wanted to achieve.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Black Sheep Woodworking celebrates our 20th Anniversary (1994-2014)

Twenty years ago, I started Black Sheep Woodworking to fulfill my dream of becoming a custom woodworker/cabinetmaker. Now, twenty years later, Black Sheep Woodworking has grown from making small desktop accessories to custom furniture, cabinetry, and complete interior renovations. I’m proud of this growth and gained knowledge that I share with my customers every day.

Would you like to learn about new trends? What woods and styles are hot? What finishes and paints to avoid? Are you aware that water-based paints are not all "friendly?" Insist on no/low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints for your home or painted furniture to ensure a clean, healthy environment.

What will enhance your home? A window seat? Mantel? Wainscoting? I welcome your questions regarding your dream project. If I don’t have the answers, Black Sheep Woodworking can provide names of trusted professionals in many fields who can help.

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Tom Torlish
Black Sheep Woodworking
Licensed and insured Home Improvement Contractor:
Westchester WC-09094-H98
Rockland H-11936-03-A5-B5
Connecticut 0559019

Monday, July 14, 2014

Custom-Designed Walnut Chest of Drawers

Custom-designed walnut chest of drawers

The chest of drawers was designed with the home owner using walnut lumber milled from a storm-damaged tree on the home owner's property. The chest was hand-crafted using traditional techniques and joinery. Hand-rubbed oil and wax provide just enough protection without hiding the natural beauty.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Bookcases Flanking Fireplace

Bookcases flanking fireplace, Westchester, NY
Custom bookcases flank an existing fireplace surround,
and use moulding details to tie the whole wall together

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Window Retreat

Custom built in window seat, Westchester, NY

A window nook is a great spot to sit and enjoy the sunshine.

This nook was filled with a built-in seat with storage.

A comfy cushion is all it needs.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A New Slant on an Old Favorite

Bookcases are favorites in all areas of the home. These custom bookcases fit perfectly into a room with angled walls.

Built in angled bookcases, Westchester, NY

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Oak Multi-Storage Cabinet

Custom solid oak media cabinet or freestanding closet. Westchester, NY

A customer's love for oak inspired this large solid oak cabinet with walnut accents and hand-carved walnut door handles. This cabinet is large enough to function as a media center or a freestanding closet with storage drawers.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Column Room Dividers

Custom room dividers, built in bookcases. Westchester, NY

Painted room divider bookcases provide storage and a handsome transition between the dining and living rooms.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Solid Cherry Family Room Cabinetry

Built in cherry media center, window seat, bookcases and storage. Westchester, NY

Solid cherry cabinetry, stained a dark brown color by the homeowner's painting contractor, gives this family room multiple storage options, window seats and a media center.