Mark Steinmetz owner of Quality Woodwork has
been involved in the creation of wooden projects for nearly 30 years.
Raised in the old whaling town of Stonington Ct.,
he learned the basic skills of woodworking in small boat shops, school
wood shop classes, and from his Dad who had the skills and most common
woodworking tools. Realizing early, the enjoyment creating something
from a raw material that smells and feels so natural, wood was in his
future. He has a technical background attending nearby
Thames Valley Technical College, supporting himself by working as an
apprentice at Prescott Cabinet Company of Mystic Ct. and was involved in
many high end projects such as building the kitchen for the lighthouse
on North Dumpling Island located off of Fishers Island N.Y. At the young age
of 18 he began to fulfill his dream of building his own 33 ft. cruising
sailboat, which was christened by the time he was 24. Setting off to
the Caribbean with limited resources, he worked his way through the
Islands as far as Venezuela. Along the way worked at many boat yards
and cabinet shops, picking up many woodworking methods, shop techniques,
design styles and even learned to speak Spanish!
Some notable projects were the complete new interior of Errol Flynn's 74
ft. Alden ketch, Sirocco, while in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
While in Grenada he helped set up and run a 100-employee 200,000 Sq.
Ft. Pre-fabricated House Company named Rigid Panel Systems. Mark ran
the cabinet department for the entire operation. Also, in Saint Thomas,
U.S. Virgin Islands he designed and built two new teak skylights on
J.F.K.'s favorite yacht the Royono. After nine years of sailing abroad,
he returned to his home in Stonington, set the anchor down for good, and
started a family. In 1994 he established Quality Woodwork in
Rhode Island with an initial investment for machinery and equipment.
Since then has moved to Stonington, added several new machines, learned computer drafting,
cabinet design, and estimating programs that have helped solidify his
business. Fabricating custom cabinets for many million-dollar homes in
the New England Coastal area he has a great reputation for exceptional
service and superior craftsmanship, yet still does plenty cabinetry for
the average homeowner. In 2004 built cabinets in the log room for the
US Coast Guard Barque Eagle and also two cherry cabinets for Steven
Sondheims' private library. He has found his niche combining his
nautical woodworking background with his cabinetmaking skills to create
nautical-theme designs for home or office.