Here are a few testimonials from my customers.
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Paul Donio crafted for me a beautiful cherry, boat shaped, drop leaf table designed to fit in a particular area in my kitchen. His meticulous attention to detail has created the perfect heirloom piece. His dedication to perfection involved personal visits, emails, and phone calls. Still he was able to complete and deliver the table in the time promise. I am delighted to have made the acquaintance of Paul and to be the proud owner of a piece of furniture created by a true Vermont artist and craftsman.
Craftsmen still exist despite the disposable society in which we live. Paul Donio is one of these craftsmen. He built a 10 foot long tiger maple table for my family and I to gather around. The table used to be epicenter of family life. In my home it still is and Paul keeps that tradition alive. His old school way of getting to know his customers allows him to build furniture which you can only love because a part of you is in it. Beautiful wood, fantastic craftsmanship, timeless designs and a good guy.
Paul designed and made a beautiful bed for us that is timeless in style and of heirloom quality. Someday I hope that one of our children will have this bed. Paul took the time to choose a lovely piece of wood for the headboard and was willing to work with us on our requests for height and size. Not only is the piece perfect but Paul was wonderful to work with.
Christine Redfern, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
I have known Paul Donio since 1998. He cold-called my architectural firm to introduce himself as a cabinetmaker, and I was intrigued by his background, knowledge, range and independence. I was building my own house at the time, and needed a series of large contemporary bookshelf and cabinet units, designed in maple, to be fitted into wall niches without surrounding trim. Extreme precision, both of dimensional tolerance and of line, was required for all of the seven units.
Paul was relentless in his pursuit of resolving dimensions and details on paper before starting work. He was right, of course! He delivered the units on time. The results of his labors were remarkable, fitting perfectly into their pre-built locations.
After we moved in, I asked Paul to build our Powder Room vanity. It was essentially a cube of maple set off by smaller flanking maple masses, a design that may be fairly described as a nightmare of miters! He delivered the vanity to an agreed halfway point between us, in Greenfield, Mass. After lunch together, we proceeded to load the pieces into my car. You should have seen his face when I had to saw off an unexposed corner, just to get the door shut!
As before, he proved himself to be both an excellent consultant and a true craftsman. I recommend Paul Donio and his work without reservation – in any age, and especially in this one, he is indeed a man of rare quality.
Christopher S. Moomaw AIA, Ridgefield, Connecticut
We recently had the need for a very specific desk and set of bookcases which we couldn’t find in the marketplace. We didn’t want to compromise on the quality of the woods or construction but were on a budget at the same time. Paul’s skill as a woodworker is unimpeachable but the true benefit to working with him is that he captures your vision and makes it his own. Paul listened to us carefully and added insight and suggestions that resulted in beautiful pieces we are very proud of. We couldn’t be happier with the results and the compliments we get from our guests.
David and Miriam Jacopille, Brookline, Massachusetts
Paul Donio is a master craftsman who fulfilled our dream concept in a unique pencil post bed at a very fair price. We researched many options and were delighted to find Paul. We were in Virginia and he in Vermont. He worked diligently to understand and clarify our needs. He researched the type of mattress to ensure a perfect backboard placement, searched over New England for the best cherry and measured and re-measured to ensure that every detail was perfect. The final product is outstanding and we have received many compliments from friends. Paul personally traveled to meet with us to ensure our custom piece exactly met our specifications. We have ordered additional pieces from Hawk Ridge Furniture to compliment our cherry table and bed.
Harvey and Barbara Bazarian, Quechee, Vermont
Paul Donio is the furnituremaker of choice for custom designed and built-in furniture. I am an architect, and on occasion I’m called upon to draw furniture for a client who has a specific piece in mind. On one occasion, Paul built a media center and storage cabinet for clients of mine. He was a pleasure to work with, providing the benefit of his knowledge of methods and materials, and at the same time, allowing the owner’s vision to be realized. I only wish that more of my clients would choose his services. I would, and do, recommend him highly.
We were looking for a corner cabinet to house a large screen TV in a room that already had a lot of wood. Paul designed and built a beautiful piece that enhances the entire room. His vision and attention to detail make his furniture outstanding. He’s a pleasure to work with, because he’s focused on understanding the customer. We plan to work with him again on future projects.
Mary Ellen and Fred Venditti, Albany, New York