Jim Blanchard

Master Furniture Maker

Jim has been with ShackletonThomas for over 20 years, creating pieces that truly shine. Jim’s dedication and passion for the work is easy to see in his exquisite furniture. Jim came to the company as a carpenter, working with just a few basic tools in a single room workshop. Over the years, Jim has grown into an expert craftsman. He is said to almost “paint” with wood, matching grains and textures with incredible artistry.

A native of Bridgewater, Vermont, Jim now works in the same Mill as his great-grandfather did many years ago. Jim is a family man, with three children, and especially enjoys working with new apprentices from different backgrounds, challenging them to push the levels of craftsmanship above and beyond.

Kevin Sweeney

Master Furniture Maker

Kevin Sweeney has been with ShackletonThomas for over 20 years, almost—but not quite—as long as his coworker Jim. Completely fearless, Kevin takes on the most daunting, complex furniture projects, and the finished piece is always beautiful. Kevin channels this energy into his passion for motorcycles and loud, vibrant music.

Marty Higgs

Master Furniture Maker

Marty is a master furniture maker and has been with ShackletonThomas for over 15 years. Marty has a degree in English from Boston College, where he began making his own “nomadic” furniture with whatever cheap tools and lumber he could find. When not ardently making sawdust, you can find Marty beneath the shade of a sturdy sugar maple pursuing his other passions: world literature and Vermont beer.

Charles Ogg

Master Furniture Maker

Charles joined ShackletonThomas in 1996 after over twenty years in the restaurant industry. He wanted to re-train as a furniture maker and to be part of a community of craftspeople. Charles now specializes in carving, drafting, and integrating new techniques into handcarved furniture. He works closely with Charlie during the design process, and turns hand sketches into working designs for the furniture workshop.

Outside of the workshops, Charles loves sailing, mountain biking, teleskiing, and cooking for family and friends. He makes his own work for his business, Charles Ogg Furniture, and works as a Justice of the Peace officiating local marriages.

Art Barker

Master Upholsterer and Furniture Maker

Art joined ShackletonThomas in 1998, pursuing an interest in making things by hand and mastering those challenges. He started his training in the accessories department, before moving upstairs to be trained in upholstery, where he has stayed ever since. Art is unique as an upholsterer, in that he not only upholsters pieces but also makes pieces from start to finish that require upholstery.

Outside of the upholstery studio, Art spends his time hunting, fishing, and checking out local flea markets. He also has a love for wildlife photography, and displays his work along the walls of the upholstery studio, which is open for visitors to the workshops, so be sure to come check out his little gallery!

Lindley Brainard

Workshop Manager and Furniture Maker

Lindley first visited ShackletonThomas on a student tour from the Yestermorrow Design/Build School. At Yestermorrow, Lindley participated in the internship program, where she learned design and building skills. In her own time, Lindley enjoys building Lego creations and making wooden toys, and delicious dinners.

Hugh Shackleton

Furniture Maker and Designer

Hugh Shackleton, Charlie and Miranda’s son, has joined ShackletonThomas as a furniture maker and designer. While working with a local carpenter for the past six years, Hugh decided that out of the entire process of building a home, he enjoyed the finish work the most.

Matt Monaco

Master Wood Turner

My interest in this craft has been a fortunate accident, in that my direction has stemmed from other areas of interest. Before gaining any interest as a woodturner, I was both a drummer and drum maker, who happened to possess the machinery necessary to create what are now my products. Having the interest and skill developed over time, I decided to venture into this craft full time. My main line of works are sold through large craft fairs and trade shows, while my schedule elsewhere involves teaching on the college level and at demonstrations locally and nationally. I'm grateful for those who've shared their knowledge and skill with me, helping me to become the best craftsman I can be. I believe that if anyone is self-made, it is largely due to the aid of those who came before me with a willingness to share their knowledge and skill.