Solid Wood Grain Counter Tops

Wood Grain Counter tops highlight both modern and historic kitchen styles

Natural Wood Kitchen design elements

Warmth of Wooden Counter Tops

Warmth of wooden counter tops in a historic home

Wood Grain Counter tops may be the cure for the common cold of stainless steel everything kitchens. Showy stones like high maintenance granite and marble and maintenance-free engineered materials like quartz and epoxy-solid surfaces are trying to take over.  But we are supplying the resurgence in natural wood countertops. Constructed from specially cured and joined pieces of hardwood laminated with specialty adhesives for strength and moisture stability, they provide a warm organic palette to paint the rest of the kitchen elements with historic accuracy, or modern panache. Wood is wonderfully forgiving, gentle on dishware, and able to absorb or mitigate the noise of busy household chores. Wooden counter tops can be expertly serviced  if damaged, dinged, stained, or gouged, our craftsmen are ready to make any needed refreshments.

Wood Grain Counter tops FAQ:

  • Can I choose the species type? = Yes
  • Can I choose the price point? = Yes
  • Can I choose the grain type or angle? = Yes
  • Can I specify imperfections or defects? = Yes
  • How long will production take?  = 2-4 weeks
  • Can I supply a tree from my farm or lot in Virginia? = Yes
  • Are solid wood grain counter tops within the budget of the average homeowner? = Yes
All wood renovated kitchen countertops.

All wood renovated kitchen countertops.

Solid Wood Construction

Unlike stone, steel or resin, there’s no clatter when you set down a plate or a glass, and dropped dishes are less likely to break. Wood also absorbs and dampens the whir of appliances, while the sound will travel through or be amplified by other more rigid materials.  Are Wood Grain Counter tops something you’ve seen this week, this month, this year?  Have you ever been in a kitchen or conference room that has used them?  If your answer is no then it’s so unique that you’ve never personally viewed it – your kitchen, or your office conference room will be that unique an experience for the people visisiting.

Wooden Countertops blends well into other rooms and look more like furniture than fabricated materials.

Wooden Countertops blend well into other rooms and look more like furniture than fabricated materials.

Solid Wood Counters

Wood Grain Counter tops

Creative Richmond Kitchen Design

Wood grain is created by the cambium growing rapidly at the beginning of each growing season, generating light colored springwood between the darker lines. As the tree grows in the warmer summer it slows down and produces darker summerwood. Later growth shows in the structure as more dense and harder than the early springwood. The tree’s growth each year follows the weather turning cold so the cambium becomes dormant in the cycle producing distinctive growth rings if you’re looking at a bi-lateral view of the tree’s structure.  So to create the long grain effects we use in countertop and cabinet finishes we slice the trunk of the tree in the same direction the tree grew.  The overall width of the tree growth is important but the grain slope is important as we cut and kiln dry the piece for your home.  Contact us today for low cost, low budget and unique wood grain counter tops and see what we can source for you from our Richmond Virginia headquarters.

Wood Grain Counter tops

Wood Grain Kitchen Table Tops

Henricus Historic Park Chapel Construction

Historic Construction that time travels back to the City of Henricus, the second successful English settlement in the New World.

Explore a moment in time where 300 settlers, led by Sir Thomas Dale, departed the unhealthy environment of Jamestown with the hope of establishing a strong English Colony. Learn from your visit how these brave settlers lived under the constant threat of attack by Indians and Spaniards while building their colony. Henricus Historical Park re-creates this historical journey for the visitor transporting you back four hundred years. Historic setting in a time where property ownership by the common man was a unique concept. The innovative idea of property ownership by a common man combined with the development of the first English hospital at this location. The chartering of the first college in the New World, the English home of Pocahontas, the establishment of tobacco as the first cash crop in the New World, all happened here the City of Henricus.

Gepetto Craftsmen were instrumental in construction of the crown jewel of the Henricus historic site’s replica church. From the groud up the chapel is built with historically authentic technique by our craftsmen. The opportunity to hand hew, and fit each joint allowed us to share in the same joy of craftsmanship and strong independent spirit shared by these pioneers ages ago.  From the handmade glass windows to the the gothic style arches we were able to slip back in time and work with hand tools again.

Give us a call if your modern home needs an antique replica, solid wood centerpiece, or if you are a park service representative looking for qualified restoration craftsmen.

Historic Construction : Building Methods and Materials

For National Park Service and other projects that require authentic historic woodworking techniques and tools that are period specific:

  • Beam Joinery
  • Waddle and Daub
  • Historic Joinery Techniques
  • Materials guided irregularities

The advantages to using traditional joinery in preservation & restoration projects are shown in the full character of a historic building. Matching the traditional joinery techniques in construction, repairs, restorations, and other preservation activities ensures the structural integrity of a historic building by matching the existing joinery with a joinery technique that’s compatible with it’s original construction methods. Traditional joinery honors the wooden materials and makes a stronger, more durable end product. The older design methods account for expanding and contracting materials because they had such a thorough understanding of their craft. Modern joinery – on the other hand – generally prioritizes minimal time, and multiple materials like screws and glues. Pairing modern adhesives with historic joinery can compromise the structure of a historic building.  Historic construction that values each trade and period specific methods add’s to that period’s methods being maintained in the trade community as well.

Historically Accurate Hand Built Techniques

Traditional joinery is a time-tested method that is much stronger than modern joinery and lasts for generations, even thousands of years. The mortise and tenon joint is the most ancient traditional joint and has been found in the wooden planks of a vessel 43.6 meters long that dates to 2,500 BCE. Traditional Chinese architecture as old as 5000 years used these methods for a perfect fit without using fasteners and glues. The gepetto craftsmen keep these skills and traditions alive in the modern and historic project they complete.

Historic Construction Accurate Replica Contractor

Historically Accurate Replica Construction Contractor

Handmade Wooden Gates Virginia

Handmade Wooden Gates Virginia

Solid Wood handmade gate builder Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden Gate Builders Virginia

Wooden English Style Five Bar Ornamental Gates

Fabricated from Locust for a historic farm restoration.

Historic Wooden Gate Construction

Historic Wooden Gate Construction

All of Gepetto’s projects are handmade in our Richmond Virginia Shop.

Historic Wooden Gate Construction

Historic Wooden Gate Construction

Gates compliment many styles of fence from picket styles to agricultural styles of wooden fencing. Rustic split rail styles in pine or western red cedar can be treated as a compliment to the finished look of the gates. Five bar gates easily accept wire such as farm and field fence, woven wire fence, welded wire fence, or even chain link. You may even use these strong wood gate frames for picket styles of fence by attaching to picket to the face of them. English style gates are a much classier finishing touch than farm tubular gates often used with agricultural fences. Gates may be painted or stained nearly any color to match existing fences, even vinyl post and rail fences.


Unique solid wood construction utilizes a cedar to achieve the long lasting weather resistance of these solid wood mortised gates. Gepetto craftsmen took on the ambitious project of mortising through 8 inches of solid cedar, on an arc! We can stretch the boundaries of what you think is possible with wood!


  • Primary gate joints are mortised and tenoned.
  • Gates are designed with a heavy duty top rail over the entire width for extra strength.
  • Gate top rails are chamfered cross braced for additional strength and durability.
  • Rail and cross bracing reinforced with stainless steel bolts.
  • Superior quality timber used throughout gate frame and rails.
  • Gates may be automated with gate operators and accessories.
  • Ornamental wood gates may be hung as right or left hand.
  • Gates have beautifully planed natural wood finish.
  • Gates may be re-painted using water-based or oil-based paints or leave ‘as-is’ to weather naturally.
  • Suitable for residential, commercial, and agricultural uses.
  • Gates easily mount to masonry columns, wood, or steel posts.



Solid Wood Gate Fabricators Virginia

Solid Wood Gate Fabricators Virginia



Handmade Wooden Gates Virginia

Handmade Wooden Gates Historically Accurate Replicas made and installed by Gepetto Millworks for historic tax credit approved renovation.

Project Spotlight: Hewicks Plantation Historic Restoration

Epic Virginia History

Virginia is the founding place.

Gepetto has supplied historic preservation in Virginia since 2009

Accurate Materials and Technique

Accurate Materials and Technique restore with integrity to the core.

Historic preservation supplier for millwork, doors, windows and shutters

Made In Virginia

Your choice of Gepetto to supply your projects

Keeps the trade knowledge alive in VA

One Of A Kind

Whether working from rotted out existing

or fabricating to match historic record
Gepetto craftsmen match drawings or photographs

with historically accurate technique

Historically woodworkers did not have machine tools available for constructing the decorative and functional pieces for large plantation homes.  Gepetto craftsmen try to replicate the all wood construction techniques used historically, with a blend of late 19th century machinery to keep the labor time at a minimum while achieving an authentic all wood construction.  Gepetto gives historic preservation projects a single source supplier for all wood features.  Gepetto uses the modern advantage of machine tooling to meet your timeline an budget needs for 21st Century Historic Preservation.

Virginia Historic Preservation Supplier


At the Hewicks plantation project, solid wood gates constructed from spanish cedar form an understated entrance to the historically long drive lined with mature willow oak trees.  True to 18th century construction methods our shop craftsmen used true through mortise for the pickets.  Underlying their elegant beauty lies the arc of the upper support.  Cutting and shaping the arc challenges the technique of  solid wood mortise construction because of the difficult alignment of the holes through which each slat passes.  The Gepetto craftsmen hand built shop tools to speed the intricate manufacture process while meeting the tight production schedule.  Can you believe these gates were only allowed five days of shop time?  We can meet your scheduling needs for even the most complex orders.  The four gate pieces set the stage at the public road and in front of the house at the end of the private drive.  The plantation estate is a popular site for weddings in the 21st century with it’s rich character.  Now restored, the wooden gates greet the eyes of new generations of visitors to this historic 18th century home.

Please take a look through the gallery of images detailing the construction it’s accent to the grounds of the plantation.

Gepetto also fabricated the exterior trim, historically accurate windows, and refurbished the doors in this project.

From the moment you arrive down the spectacular tree lined entrance, of Hewick Plantation, the vision will stay in your memory for years to come. The owners and staff work continuously to recreate the elegance of historic southern pageantry and are committed to preserving this heritage.  The beautiful property, exquisite landscaping, and open lawn will provide the perfect backdrop for you to craft a truly unique and unforgettable day. Hewick Plantation is a premier destination for a family gatherings, outdoor weddings, or large social galas. The property is listed in both the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register and on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Hewick is a historic home located near Urbanna, Middlesex County, Virginia. It was constructed in 1678 by Christopher Robinson, whose progeny held considerable power in the colony before the American Revolution, during which some members became loyalists. It was listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[3]

Now a two-story, five-bay, L-shaped brick dwelling, it originally had 1+12 stories, but raised to a full two stories in the mid-19th century. The rear ell is popularly believed to have been built in the late 17th century.

Built circa 1740, for Christopher Robinson III (1705-1768) and his first wife Mary Berkeley (b.1711). It is assumed that he replaced the original house known as “The Grange” that had been built here in 1678 by his grandfather, Colonel Christopher Robinson (1645-1693). However, another opinion is that the house as it is seen today was built or significantly enlarged by Christopher III’s daughter, Mrs Elizabeth Steptoe (1756-1832), who inherited the property from her only brother in 1784

Historic Replicas Supplied:

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