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Welcome to Blue Maple Woodworks. We are a small shop dedicated to providing excellent customer service and fine craftsmanship, using traditional techniques, serving Maryland, DC, and Virginia.

My name is John Garcia, and I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I have been involved in the furniture restoration craft for sixteen years, including a three-year apprenticeship. During that time, I learned the intricacies and nuances of the trade that made me into a craftsman. I have perfected my skills in order to deliver complete satisfaction in the services I provide.


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To Contact us: Phone: 301.379.1240
E-mail: js1garcia@comcast.net
E-mail: jgarcia@bluemaplewoodworks.com


At Blue Maple Woodworks, we specialize in restoring and refinishing all furniture made of wood; ranging from minor repairs to complete restorations. Our services include:

  • Re-gluing
  • Veneer work
  • Duplication of missing pieces
  • Application of the following finishes:
  • Clear
  • Colored lacquers
  • Oil
  • Varnish
  • Gold leaf
  • Faux
  • and Custom finishes
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I believe in giving personalized service and attention to detail. I do not think that every piece of furniture needs to be stripped from its original finish, nor does it need to look new in order to be made usable. There is a rich warmth in the soft patina that the passage of time leaves on a surface. Knowing when to preserve, rather than restore, is a skill that takes time and experience to achieve.

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I believe that furniture has an intrinsic value, which lies not in its monetary worth, but rather on the sentimental value it holds for us; for no amount can purchase the memories that a certain piece may evoke from a time past or the moments in the present that will become memories to be recalled by future generations.


To Contact us: Phone: 301.379.1240
E-mail: js1garcia@comcast.net
E-mail: jgarcia@bluemaplewoodworks.com