Sam Jordan  Sam Jordan

Sam has loved woodworking since he took his first class in 7th grade.   After growing up in Nashville TN, he moved to the west coast where he spent the next 30 years.  He not only built many pieces of custom cabinetry and furniture for clients in CA and NV, he taught classes at the local Woodcraft store.

After moving to Richmond in 1998, he began working for a local cabinet shop, teaching classes at Woodcraft on weekends. 

He started his own business, Designs in Wood, in 2009.   In 2011, they were voted “Readers’ Favorite….” In 3 categories by Richmond Magazine readers:  Best Cabinet Shop,  Cabinet Installer and Woodworking and Trim.

Sam collaborates with customers to produce the highest quality woodwork, cabinets, furniture and architerctural millwork, using their designs or working with them to produce a design that meets their needs and budget.    Sam has worked with many local residents, architects and contractors.

The cabinets are made only with wood materials and built in his shop on West Leigh Street.  Customers may choose from a wide variety of wood (maple, birch, cherry, mahogany, white oak, reclaimed or others).  Sam is an expert at finishes, producing exactly the right shade for those customers who want a painted finish.  His work stands the test of time.