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Design Inspiration: Woodworking

Sleek Solution

+ Story by Alisan Peters
+ Photography by Latham Jenkins

Willow Creek Woodworks, Inc.

From a small, two-person millworks at its inception in 1997, to a company employing 25 craftsmen, Willow Creek Woodworks in Idaho Falls has established a reputation for beautiful solutions in home design.

“We’re a full-service millwork shop with an experienced design team,” says owner Jaxon Ching. He is co-owner with his wife, Dawn, who pushed him to follow his dream. “We craft everything from cabinets to passage doors to trim pieces, even furniture.”


The horizontal application of this solid-wood ribbon mahogany echoes the lines of the kitchen’s woodwork and matches details on the passage doors throughout the home.


Built-in bookcases and cabinetry provide efficient and spectacularly beautiful storage.


The nature of this kitchen design depended on perfect execution of the details. The result is a restful yet energetic and warm room that invites visitors to linger.


In this Jackson Hole home, the homeowner had worked with an architect to design her kitchen. After receiving the basic floor plan and specs from the architect, Ching and his team came up with various designs for the cabinetry, working with the homeowner to solve some aspects of the kitchen that she wanted changed. “We sat down and talked through a number of configurations,” Ching notes. “We were really trying to get a sense of what her tastes were. She liked all the renderings, but this solution is the one that really stood out to her.”

The magnificent result is a kitchen that feels resolutely functional but also warm and inviting. The rich, quartersawn cherry veneer is applied with the grain racing horizontally, an effect that gives a sort of quiet energy to the room. There are plenty of drawers and cabinets for storage, all sleekly encasing the necessary appliances. Then there was the homeowner’s challenge: to find a place to store her many cooking books. Ching designed a bookcase that was neatly stowed beneath the countertop, a deft solution: books cached yet readily retrievable.

Ultimately, the homeowner was so delighted with the result, she engaged Willow Creek Woodworks to craft several passage doors and a large bookcase, some other built-ins and a bit of custom millwork. “Once the design is decided on, the engineering is doable,” Ching says. “If we can draw it, we can make it. The only limitation is the capacity of the materials.”


This elegant, pieced passage door leads to the home’s wine storage.

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