Success shows Marion woodworker's skills have legs

Nov 6, 2015

Creating showroom worthy furniture from pieces of reclaimed wood and metal is an art that John Nadeau has been perfecting since he started his company, JNJ Woodworking, less than two years ago.

Nadeau had been selected to show his artwork in Arts in the Park in Marion, Harbor Days in Mattapoisett, shows in Padanaram and Wareham and the Nov. 6 to 8 Fine Furnishings Show in Pawtucket.

“People have been very receptive to what I’m doing,” said Nadeau.

From his workshop in Marion, Nadeau handcrafts one of a kind tables, headboards, chests and just about anything else he dreams up using repurposed wood he has found or purchased. He often incorporates metal as well, such as old bell supports and wagon wheels for legs.

Family members have become “scouts”, scouring yard sales for pieces. Nadeau does the same, and said he’s always looking for pieces that come with their own history.

“When I buy pieces, a lot of times I’m looking for stories,” he said.

With or without a story, Nadeau can turn two broken bureaus into a shiny new coat chair or an ill-designed 70s coffee table (complete with a duck print) into a rustic living room centerpiece.

Being chosen for shows such as the Fine Furnishings Show, which he also participated in last year, have helped with that.

“It made me feel I had to up my game. It helped me move forward,” Nadeau said, who converted his garage into a studio space.

Expanding his business to include furniture repair has also been a boost.

“People bringing in things that [they] think is lost, that’s up my alley,” he said.

All of these opportunities have helped Nadeau expand his skills, but he said a lot of his success is due to his wife, Judy.

“If it wasn’t for her support, none of this would have happened. She’s been the backbone.”

Nadeau’s studio is located at 864 Mill Street (Route 6) and is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, visit, call 508-344-6103 or email