Architectural Woodworking / Custom Furniture / Design

In the summer of 1978, Abbott Norris was majoring in mathematics at the University of Montana and dabbling in design and fabrication of custom furniture pieces. He displayed a small cherry table and sidechair at a local crafts fair and was soon getting orders for more.

Norris Woodworking was born.

The young business grew steadily, moving from a garage to a small workspace to a series of bigger workshops. Today Norris Woodworking, Inc., is one of the Northwest's top-tier custom woodworking businesses, with a 18,000 square foot shop and customers across North America and Europe.

Abbott is now CEO, chief designer, and mentor... (more)

Ideation

Take your concept drawings and reference materials to these factories. They will assist in refining your concept and thinking through the components involved in the Making Process.

Drafting

A drafting specialist will create a blueprint of your idea using computer aided design (CAD) software. They make sure your design will be well-constructed.

Materials

Material suppliers will provide you with the raw materials and components of your end product.

Sample-Making

Sample makers will assemble the first end product prototypes.