Jim Luton Custom Woodworking and Design - Canopy Studios, Inc.

Architect - Margaret Salamone

PLEASE NOTE: Canopy Studios, Jim Luton Custom Woodworking and Design is no longer in business - Jim Luton is now working for Schematic, Custom Cabinetry and Millwork - contact him at jim@schematicnyc.com

Jim Luton Custom Woodworking and Design, a division of Canopy Studios, Inc. is a small, high end shop doing custom residential cabinetry, millwork, and furniture. Our modern, well equipped shop is located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

About Jim Luton
With close to thirty years in the woodworking industry, Jim Luton has a broad range of skills and experience to offer clients. Luton began his career in custom woodworking at H. Beckstoffer's Sons, in the historic Church Hill section of Richmond Virginia. He was fortunate to work with and learn from some of the best old time crafstmen of the day, doing a variety of architectural millwork projects that included circle and elliptical stairways, bay windows, arched doors, and various historical reproductions for Colonial Williamsburg and Agecroft Hall.

Luton's background also includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1988 Luton completed his first small sailboat in a loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Boatbuilding continues to be one of his passions and keeps him continually expanding his woodworking skills and vision. Luton's art and architectural background, as well as his compulsion for making fine things, has served him well throughout his career.

In 1985, Luton moved to New York City where he began working with Depreter and Robertson, a general contracting firm. They aquired a beautiful space on Great Jones Street, and gave him the task of setting up a cabinet shop that would in time become a very important part of the business. Tim Robertson set up a new corporation, Octagon House Construction, and with a fully equipped shop managed by Luton, tackled a wide range of residential and commercial projects. It was during this time that Luton fully honed his skills in the sometimes difficult New York environment.

In 2002, Luton opened his own shop, continuing the legacy of fine custom woodworking and in 2004 incorporated this business in partnership with his wife, Holly Sears who runs the graphic and art division of Canopy Studios. Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, NY, Jim Luton Custom Woodworking and Design, a division of Canopy Studios, Inc. can provide the discerning client with fine furniture and custom cabinetry. Exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail are the benchmarks of the business.

Architect - Ken Kennedy

Walnut veneer mantle with steel insert.
Designer - Jim Luton

Sliced maple bedroom wall and headboard unit.
Octagon House Construction
Designer - Desai-Chia, Architects

Honduras and African mahogany bar for Rolling Stones' Keith Richards
Octagon House Construction
Designer Leslie Armstrong AIA

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