about heart wood studio

The partnership that formed Heart Wood Studio in 2007 combines our varied and complementary skills as well as years of experience, but most importantly, opens a door long closed.

At last, in a setting that demands our fullest efforts, we find ourselves charging past previous creative limits. Our sincere hope is that each visitor to this website will see ready evidence of a commitment to quality in the photographic record of our work.


Andrew Balwinski

It was in my grandfather’s small workshop that the spark of my creative fire was kindled. The furnishings he built instilled in me an appreciation for the edited lines of modern design. Years later while working toward a degree in craft and fine arts, I accepted an apprenticeship at a custom furniture shop. There, while developing and refining skill as a furniture maker, I found an ideal medium for artistic expression. In time my focus returned to drawing where I employed my skills to design, engineer, and manage large scale furniture, cabinetry, and mill-work projects while working directly with home-owners, designers, and architects.

With Don as my partner and his extensive shop experience, I now have the opportunity to be involved with the entire process. From building the initial relationship, identifying the client’s vision and needs through design and formal drawings, fabrication and fine tuning of each detail, to the final installation.


Don Jablonski

From childhood and throughout my life, I have maintained a fascination with fitting one piece of wood to another. Near the conclusion of my formal education in 1975, I finally succumbed to the allure of a skilled trade. Beginning with an apprenticeship in the shops of a European trained craftsperson and through a succession of jobs over the next thirty years, I have been involved in many aspects of custom woodworking. In each setting I welcomed the most tedious and challenging  projects, concentrating on complex joinery and decorative veneering.

In forming a partnership with Andy, a like-minded artisan, Heart Wood Studio offers an opportunity to use our collective experience and insight to produce the best product we can.