El Dorado Wordworks

About Us

El Dorado Woodworks manufactures by hand, one piece at a time, high quality custom furniture designed especially for your living needs.

In 1993, I dreamt of a career building hand made, custom furniture. After a couple of years trying to find my “style”, I happened upon the Arts & Crafts movement….it was then that I knew I had found my calling. I immersed myself in the period, learning everything I could from the original masters like Gustav Stickley, (and all of his brothers), to Frank Lloyd Wright, Greene & Greene, Charles Renie Mackintosh and Charles Limbert. With a background in art and photography, which has given me a sense of size and proportion, I was able to recreate originals from photographs in my vast collection of books, as well as use those originals as an influence to create new and exciting designs.

A new chapter in my career opened in 2003 when I was asked to create an Arts & Crafts environment in a new home being built in the Houston Heights. I approached this new venture with the belief that the same skills that I had honed building custom furniture should be applied to creating custom kitchen cabinets, built in bookcases, crown molding and wainscot paneling. I was responsible for every aspect of the project from the design of all the elements, to milling, cutting, fitting, sanding and finishing the quarter sawn oak. Today, I have assembled a fantastic team of craftsmen who hold the same beliefs in the construction process as I do…in the immortal words of the master Gustav Stickley himself, “Als Ik Kan”…To the best of my ability!

The past few years have seen another shift where new designs are being created not in the Arts & Crafts style and this is attributed to our newfound relationships with decorators and designers. So I invite you to spend some time perusing the pages of my website. Being a former commercial photographer, I have a tendency to document everything as you will notice. There are over 300 images of art we have created over the last 20 years of about anything you can imagine. When you are ready to make the commitment and have something custom made, give me a call, I assure you that whatever we create for you, will be loved and cherished for many generations to come!

Thanks for your time,
Richard Loper