Cypress Woodworks team visits the Windy City for a specialized artisan concrete workshop.

Earlier in April, Cypress Woodworks owner/founder, Alex McKenzie, and craftsman, Twigg, attended a 3-day workshop in Chicago for intensive training on new artisan concrete methods. Two of the days were focused on exterior and interior concrete cladding fabrication and installation, with the third day being a private training session to learn a bag of tricks for various other parts of our artisan concrete division at Cypress Woodworks. Thank you to Fishstone for putting on the course - we had a great time!


Fine Homebuilding magazine features a Cypress Woodworks custom-built cabinet.

The publication showcased a recent kitchen project by Cypress Woodworks in its Through The Lens feature about reclaimed hardwood used for furniture and accents. The stand-alone hutch cabinet was constructed with reclaimed wood from a barn in Ohio dating back to the early 1800s. To bring out the warmth of the salvaged wood, we chose a styling color palette of red, orange, yellow, and green.


Artisan concrete sink with shark teeth featured by Fine Homebuilding magazine

In another feature article, Cypress Woodworks's design and installation of a custom concrete vanity sink was spotlighted by Fine Homebuilding magazine. For this one, Alex McKenzie glued each shark tooth onto a sacrificial layer of plastic within a templated plywood form, with the finished side down. He arranged the teeth in a free-form circular pattern around the sink to resemble sharks circling their prey, and for the left-side backsplash, he also added a shark-fin silhouette rising up from the vanity top. This project is a great example of the types of custom, artisan concrete designs that Cypress Woodworks specializes in.