Peek Beyond Gabe Statsky’s Custom Wood Furnishings

Custom furniture maker Gabriel Statsky works on a dining table that he's crafting from reclaimed white oak. The wood, originally the floor joists of an 1895 Kentucky barn, will be darkened by fuming and finished with a hard-wax oil by Rubio Monocoat.
Custom furniture maker Gabriel Statsky works on a dining table that he's crafting from reclaimed white oak. The wood, originally the floor joists of an 1895 Kentucky barn, will be darkened by fuming and finished with a hard-wax oil by Rubio Monocoat.
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ince opening his shop in Santa Cruz 19 years ago, Gabe Statsky’s fine furnishings and ability to coax wood into seemingly impossible forms have earned him a cadre of admirers in the Bay Area design world and beyond. “There’s really nothing quite like seeing the reaction from the client when I deliver a piece,” Statsky explains. “It hits a lot of levels in terms of gratification and satisfaction.”

Among his latest projects? A massive dining table made of a thick slab of wood from a centuries-old Goliath that fell in Big Sur. Here, we get to know the custom furniture maker on a more personal level.

Name a dream trip you’re dying to take.

My wife, Carlie, and I really want to take the kids to northern Italy, where her family is originally from. She’s never been there. I haven’t been to Europe in a long time, so that’s the next goal.

Name a favorite local spot to take an out-of-town guest.

I love bringing people to a beautiful open area next to the shop called the Pogonip.

What book are you currently reading?

I just finished “The Drifters” by James A. Michener. I love historical fiction, and Michener is one of my favorite authors.

What’s an item on your bucket list?

I would love to figure out a way to spend a year or so abroad with the family in Australia, where my wife lived for half of her life.

Divulge your dream collaboration.

I feel like I am living my dream collaboration in working with Jen Macdonald (JRI Interiors). She is incredibly talented, she sells me to clients, and she knows and trusts my aesthetic.