El Greco Woodworking
Family owned since 1975, El Greco Woodworking crafts heirloom-quality furniture with an emphasis on safety and sustainability.
Inspired by a love of woodworking, George Theofilactidis left behind rural farm life in Greece and made his way to Toronto, where he continued his study of furniture-making techniques. Soon after settling in Jamestown, New York, the self-taught artisan and his wife, Kathy, founded El Greco Woodworking. Today, two generations of the Theofilactidis family oversee the workshop, where they build quality furniture to their patriarch's standards. "We have a lot of family pride about doing things right,” says Alexis. “That kind of obsession makes for extraordinary furniture."
El Greco has earned a special reputation for their outstanding children's furniture, exceeding current child safety standards and requirements and actively weighing in on best practices with their suppliers and industry partners. Through their use of natural materials, non-toxic finishes free of lead, phthalates and formaldehyde and quality construction techniques, El Greco produces furniture their founding family is proud to share with their own. "We're building it for our kids," says Alexis Singleton, founder George Theofilactidis' daughter and company vice president.
Skilled artisans design, build and finish each piece using sustainable and locally sourced materials, including hardwoods from the nearby Appalachian forests. Through El Greco's work with suppliers who employ responsible practices such as forest replanting and habitat management, El Greco ensures our forests—like their furniture—will be around for future generations to enjoy.