Quality Standards

At Artisan Millshop, we're grounded in a philosophy of character and craft. We adhere to Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards and regulations, and believe that conservation and social responsibility begin on the studio floor. We keep our inventories intentionally lean, and work to minimize waste in our processes and materials. Door-to-door delivery of nearly everything leaving the shop limits our carbon footprint, while ensuring the integrity of our products from workbench to installation.

We use FSC-certified lumber whenever possible, and our suppliers provide us with sustainably harvested hardwoods representing the top tier of available materials. All our pieces are built using traditional joinery and time-honored methods, promising generations of use while consuming fewer resources and avoiding the landfill fate of their mass-produced counterparts.


Recycling and Repurposing

In a woodshop, waste is inevitable. To minimize its effect on our environment, we repurpose however we can:

  1. Cutoffs and wood scraps are given to local artists for their pursuits, or donated to those in need.
  2. Wood chips go to the community garden next door, making terrific mulch and compost.



Our architectural millwork and custom pieces are built to withstand everyday use for generations. Remember, though, that wood is a natural substance. Finished projects will undergo changes in moisture content and dimension depending on the humidity and temperature of the surrounding air. Similarly, a board's knots, grain, color, and texture should not be considered flaws, but instead as the "fingerprints" which enhance its beauty and uniqueness.



Everything leaving Artisan Millshop is guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship. Proper installation and care of your products will ensure a lifetime of functional use. We guarantee proper installation of our products when performed in full by our skilled team and according to contract specifications. We cannot be responsible for installation difficulties or resulting damage to our products when performed independently of Artisan Millshop.

In an effort to facilitate proper installation by independent contractors, Artisan Millshop provides detailed written installation instructions upon request.