About T.J. Forrester

Hi There! My name is T.J. Forrester. I live in Eugene, Oregon with my wife, daughter, and son. I have many interests and hobbies including gardening, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing. I love good food and drink, (and it in turn loves me back!) I am active in the lives of my children both in and out of school, and I support my wife in her work and creative endeavors. And obviously I have a love of woodworking and designing and building things! Eugene is a very good place to live with these hobbies and interests! I started woodworking at age 14 making custom cedar garden gates.

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After 30 years of woodworking both amateur and commission based, I started this business in 2002 for several reasons. For one, I love woodworking and creating things with my hands. I also love working with people and establishing friendly, constructive relationships. Another reason is that I truly believe the days of the cottage industry are on the rise, as we watch corporate mergers and meltdowns occur on a regular basis. I believe that we have shipped most of our manufacturing capabilities overseas, and to get quality items made in the U.S. is not something easily done anymore. I like to think that in my small way, I am helping turn the tide back to an earlier time in our country's history when people had great pride in what they produced, taking the care and time to do it right out of the best materials available using the best methods. I believe in making high quality custom pieces to the very best of my ability for a fair price. I want every customer to be pleased with the work I do for them, to receive excellent value for their money, and to feel they have been a part of the process in creating something that will endure for generations. Explore my website further and you will see this attitude pervades every facet of my business, from restoring and using some of the highest quality woodworking machines ever made in the U.S. to utilizing as often as possible an often lost resource in local urban hardwood trees.