Rob D'Alessandro

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Rob's the leader of the NEWwoodworks crew and has been with us for 15 years. [Ask him about the tiny office he used to share with PMW's Michele when we were first starting out in Shortsville. Oh, those were the days!] When his wife Stephanie can pry him away from the new cabinetry shop, you'll find Rob, Stephanie, and their daredevil son hanging out in the woods of Ithaca and the shores of Cayuga Lake.

Bill Devereaux

After 29 years with us Bill had officially retired. We're going to miss him, but we know he and Charlotte have big plans to enjoy their newfound free time. Bill has the distinction of having employee #010, which makes him the 10th employee New Energy Works hired way back in 1986. Pretty darn cool. A fan of world music, literature and micro breweries, Bill and Charlotte will spend some of their time running Summerbeam bookstore while traveling the country.

Rick Drake

Part of our team since 2000, Rick is now enjoying retirement. He joined us from the New Energy Works engineering group because we needed a Sensei who would teach us the finer art of beard-growing. Today we're sure between facial hair conversations and stair design/construction advice, Rick's doing more with vintage race cars and working towards permanent residency in the Adirondack Mountains.

Gedeminas Backus

Gediminas is a transplant to American from Lithuania. He, his wife and daughter continue to celebrate anniversaries here in the great USofA. Though he still has a daughter & other family back in Lithuania whom he misses very much - he believes he's here to stay. You'll find Gediminas and his family enjoying the outdoors during the weekends.

Charlie Bartholomew

A quiet man of few words. In fact, this was about all we could muster Charlie to tell us about himself:

He has 29 years cabinet making experience, 3 children, and for a hobby he does woodturning. He volunteers as an ambulance EMT-CC & his cell phone plays Die Valkure.

Jay Bernard

With kids Caleb, Desiree, and Hunter, Jay and wife Jenna are busy parents, managing family activities and school, which occupies most of their free time - but in the off chance Jay gets a respite, you can find him camping, hiking, and doing all of those other outdoors-y type things.

Hans Merritt


Hans is the finishing guru on our fine woodworking team. His final touches create the super smooth surfaces on all of our hand crafted pieces. Hans enjoys several sports with his two sons – snowboarding, cross-country skiing, white water rafting, canoeing – they are currently working on building their third canoe. One of a number of musicians in our midst, Hans enjoys playing the mountain dulcimer and mandolin.

Daniel Callahan

Good employees sometimes venture off to explore different opportunities, very often they come back. As is the case with Daniel, now on his second tour with NEWwoodworks. He and his wife, and two dogs make camping, hiking and skeet shooting high priorities. Though he's considering adding a mini-donkey to the clan possibly to compliment his hobby as a Republican propagandist. We can't help but wonder if it's because he couldn't find a mini-elephant?

Matt Darnieder


Matt is our CNC router guru who regularly drafts and programs all projects for the CNC. He keeps a close eye on every job’s progress as the machine is working its magic. When Matt isn’t perfecting the details of the next project running through the CNC, he works on any other jobs he can get his hands on. Outside of the shop, he enjoys fixing up his motorcycle (café racer style) while keeping an eye out for the next big bike project.

Enrique Lopez

A native of Argentina, Enrique joined us with an interesting background in stair, chair, and other custom furniture making for large ships and yachts. Skills that not only come in handy at the shop, but in restoring his home. Though these days he and his wife spend most of their time with their two boys.