Elizabeth Wolff and Jim Nagel

We build one of a kind and custom furniture and cabinetry, and make our living indulging our passion for and interest in craft, architecture, industrial design, art, sculpture, and the natural world. We put our interests to work on behalf of our clients, crafting solutions that fit people’s needs and lives.




5 Canaan Road, Brooktondale, NY 14817


Take NY-79 (East if coming from Ithaca) through Slaterville Springs. As you are leaving Slaterville, look for Harford Road on your left. Go 2.6 miles on Harford and then take your third left onto Canaan Road. We are the third property on the left. Our solar paneled cedar shingled shop is about 1/8th of a mile from the turn onto Canaan.


Jim discovered his passion for wood while still a teen. An artist friend encouraged him to explore his love of carving, and he did so, studied at the Wendell Castle School in Rochester NY. He has been working in wood ever since.

Elizabeth made her first piece of furniture, a Shaker table, while taking a model-making course. Hooked on wood, she continued to explore woodworking, enrolling in a couple of courses at the Rochester Institute of Technology before landing at the Genoa School for Furniture Making and Design, in Genoa NY, where she 11 met Jim. Soon after they bought a fixer upper farmhouse in Caroline. In 1999 they built a small shop. Two additions later they are still going strong.

Elizabeth and Jim have exhibited their work independently and in collaboration, both locally (including the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, the Tompkins Co. Public Library, the Community Arts Partnership Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts, and at the State of the Art) as well as nationally (including the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Memorial Art Gallery Finger Lakes Exhibitions in Rochester, as well as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC.)

Jim works full time in the shop, and Elizabeth balances her community development work at Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins with her shop time, where she looks forward to the Art Trail each year. “We love participating in the Ithaca Art Trail – it gives us a chance to play; to explore ideas, techniques and materials. It reminds us why doing this work is so much fun!”

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