It never gets old having a boyfriend whose father, Tony Jose of Linekin Bay Woodworkers, is a master woodworker. Whenever we visit their home in Boothbay, ME there is always a new project in the shop we get to drool over, whether it’s a gorgeous wooden boat or even a 1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus. The latter was a project Maine architect Will Winkelman brought to Tony this past year, and is now featured as the cover story of the Maine Home + Design September issue. The owner of the vintage bus had enlisted Winkelman to renovate it into a camper. Winkelman turned to Tony, a master in custom boat building, to outfit the interior with custom woodwork and cabinetry. The resulting camper is spectacular, especially due to Tony’s fine craftsmanship. Winkelman praises Tony’s expertise in the article, “He sculpts wood like it was putty”. And he’s really not exaggerating. Pick up the issue to see the full story and more images of interior. Below are some additional photos of the bus before, during, and after Tony’s work on it.
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Joseph Anthony Jose is an artisan of yachts, fine cabinetry, and handcrafted furniture. He’s also the father of my boyfriend, so I’ve been lucky to see his work first hand (and inherit a piece or two). Their old sea captain’s home in Boothbay, ME is filled with glistening exotic wood and rosewood in the forms of custom kitchen cabinetry, a dining room table, picture frames, a bed frame – all like pieces of art. Furniture and cabinetry are simply not made with this much care and expertise anymore. Maybe that’s because there are few and far between woodworkers like Joseph whose known woodworking for most of his life. His career began as early as high school summers spent at a piano factory in the Bronx during the early 70′s. Shortly after he began working for Paul E. Luke Yacht Builders in East Boothbay, building 30′ to 65′ yachts designed by Sparkman & Stevens and Ole Nelson. He later joined Hodgdon Boat Builders where Joseph quickly became acknowledged as an expert boat builder and excellent woodworker. While working for renowned furniture maker Anthony Giagetti in the 80′s, Joseph refined his woodworking experience crafting high end furniture in art deco styles with exotic woods. Joseph’s career continued to grow as he acted as manager at Knickerbocker Wood Works, working with architects and homeowners for high end custom woodworking projects from a curved stair case to a carved door. For the past two decades, Joseph has run his own shop, Linekin Bay Woodworkers. His custom woodworking encompasses everything from custom yacht interiors, to custom furniture and cabinetry of every kind, to whitehalls, and even to something as simple and beautiful as a wooden spoon (made for his son and me for Christmas). By remaining a small business, Linekin Bay Woodworkers brings the amount of focus, knowledge, technique, and personal care that is uncommon this day and age. If you see one of Joseph’s pieces in person, it speaks for itself. It will become a part of your home and life as a functioning piece of art. Click here to see more of his impressive portfolio and one of his recent projects of renovating the interior an old school bus into an overnight camper.