Type of business: Fine custom cabinetry
Hours: By Appointment
Contact Information: 209-607-5494
Specialty: Kitchen remodels
History of business:
Woodworking has always been a passion of Kiwi Woodworks owner Garry Pederson, who has been designing and manufacturing custom cabinets and furniture since 1972. Pederson learned the trade as a young boy in New Zealand, where he took notes from master craftsmen through apprenticeships. Now, he provides the Turlock community with quality woodwork.
“This business is a carry-on from working with wood my whole life, basically,” said Pederson.
Pederson began Kiwi Woodworks in 2000, but came to the United States from New Zealand years prior to that when he met his wife, who is from Turlock, while in Australia. Thirty-five years and two sons later, Pederson has made a home and one-man business for himself here in the Central Valley.
Kiwi Woodworks helps homeowners design and build their dream spaces, which can include kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment centers, furniture and mantels in home or commercial settings. By meeting with his clients and showing them samples of different drawers, doors, wood, finishes and stains, Pederson provides each customer with a custom look for their area.
“I really listen to what they have to say,” said Pederson.
Pederson designs, builds, finishes, delivers and installs every piece he works on, and is a licensed general contractor. He emphasized the importance of working with a contractor that is trustworthy.
“I stand by what I do,” he said. “You get in trouble if you don’t.”
While Pederson is responsible for creating cabinets and furniture to achieve each customer’s desired design, there is other work that goes into completing a space as well. Kiwi Woodworks collaborates with other local painters, countertop suppliers, electricians and plumbers to finish projects.
“I have a good team of local people I can rely on,” said Pederson.
Lately, the most popular style of cabinetry that Pederson’s clients have requested are Shaker style, or a more modern look. Shaker style cabinets often feature recessed panel doors, light finishes and basic hardware for a simple, unique look, Pederson said.
“People are tired of oak and the old traditional look,” he added. “But, the styles change from year to year.”
No matter what style Kiwi Woodworks is providing for its clients, Pederson gets joy out of helping each and every client achieve the impossible when it comes to remodeling their space.
“They get excited once you put the new handles on and get the granite on top of the cabinets,” he said. “It’s a new kitchen. You’ve left the old cabinetry but get to redo the outside, and that’s the fun part I think.”