creative custom woodworking, new haven, vermont


Every project that comes into our shop is assigned a team that follows it from start to finish. Though woodworking is traditionally a solo pursuit, we have found that a team approach results in a better product. Insights often come from unlikely places.

Most of us have been working with wood for our entire lives, and we share a common love of the material and the craft. Our 14-person shop is united around a shared goal: to exceed expectations — for ourselves, for our teams and for our clients.

Skimmer Hellier, Co-Owner

Skimmer grew up crawling around under his grandfather’s workbench looking for just the right two blocks that would fit together perfectly. As it turns out, he still enjoys crawling over projects, looking for missing details, hidden assets and perfect fits.

Louis Dupont, Co-Owner

Louis grew up in and around Chadds Ford, PA, where he was an avid builder of forts and tree houses. Before co-founding Stark Mountain, he spent 15 years as a carpenter and cabinet installer in Boston and Vermont. Though Louis now spends the majority of his time ordering materials, managing logistics and handling other business matters, making things down on the shop floor is where he has the most fun. When not at Stark Mountain, he can be found working on endless home projects, skiing and helping with the work of the Addison County Riverwatch Collaborative and Robinson School Board.

Mike Delaney, Design Department

Mike started a woodworking business with a friend while he was still a student at the University of Vermont. After operating that business for 8 years, he opened his own shop in Burlington where he made furniture, cabinetry and sculpture. Mike’s interest in design eventually brought him back to UVM, where he took courses in computer assisted design. For the next 5 years he honed his CAD skills, producing shop drawings for several local woodworking companies. Mike joined Stark Mountain in 2000 and leads our Computer Design Department, which links DataCad, Cabinetvision, AlphaCam and Autocad with CNC technology. He enjoys the challenge of integrating emerging technologies with traditional woodworking tools and processes.

Eric Albinson - Foreman

Eric grew up in a household where design was very important. His father was chief furniture designer for Charles Eames. Eric’s hobby while growing up was building meticulous, hand-launched model airplanes. After serving in the Air Force, he pursued a degree in Industrial Design at San Jose State University. During his first job as a designer in Silicon Valley, he realized that what he really wanted to do was work with his hands. Eric operated his own business for twenty-five years making custom furniture and cabinetry both in the US and the UK, where he won many design awards. He has worked for Stark Mountain for twelve years and is a project manager.

Rick Sullivan, Foreman

Rick grew up just down the road in Middlebury, VT. In 1987, he began working for a local woodworking shop, building all types of furniture, including bureaus and beds. Rick was Stark Mountain’s first employee, joining the company in 1997. As a project manager, he is responsible for coordinating every step of the production process from shop drawings to installation. Rick says what he enjoys most is figuring out the best way to make something, whether it’s a staircase, an unusual piece of furniture or a complete kitchen.

Shannon Costello, Design Department

Shannon joined the Stark Mountain design team in the spring of 2012. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and professional experience creating custom residential and millwork shop drawings. At Stark Mountain, Shannon uses CAD software and other visual design programs to assist in a wide range of projects. In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music and weekend trips with friends.

David Rose, Craftsman

David is a native Vermonter. Before coming to Stark Mountain in 2003, he spent 25 years working in custom architectural shops, honing his skills creating custom doors, windows and moldings. When David is not at the shop, he is usually building something at home, working on a project for his family or riding his Harley.

Bertile Kurth, Craftsman

Bertil grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Germany. He inherited his interest in woodworking from his Swedish grandfather. After moving to North Carolina in 1990, he enrolled in a Fine and Creative Woodworking program at Rockingham Community College. In 1994 Bertil started his own woodworking business on the island of Ocracoke, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Several years later, he moved to Vermont and began working for a local furniture maker, crafting heirloom-quality furniture for the home and office. He joined Stark Mountain in 2012. Bertil lives with his wife and two children just outside the village of Bristol. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and skiing, and also loves music, photography and campfires.

Neal Strachen, Craftsman

Neal was introduced to woodworking through primitive arts such as bow making and carving. He attended the Woodworking and Fine Furniture Making program at Burlington College, which was taught at the Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax, Vermont. He joined Stark Mountain in 2011. Neal is an experienced CNC operator and particularly enjoys turning on the lathe and making dovetail corners. He lives in Bristol, Vermont with his wife and dog. In his free time he enjoys hiking, rock climbing and gardening.

Mark Hekkers, Craftsman

Before coming to Vermont, Mark worked as an environmental consultant in Colorado. He had always wanted to work with wood, and in 2004 he approached Stark Mountain to see about working as an apprentice. After almost 10 years on the shop floor, Mark is now a craftsman himself and one of our primary CNC operators.

Roger Harris, Finishing Specialist

Roger has been working with wood since he was 19 and is experienced in all phases of construction, from framing to finish work. These skills allowed him to travel throughout the U.S. before settling in Vermont. Roger spent several years working for a stair manufacturer in Burlington, but then relocated to Addison County and began working with Stark Mountain. For the first five years, he made and installed cabinets. Then, in 2006, he took on his current role as head of our Finishing Department. Roger says he enjoys putting the “finishing touches” on our craftsmen’s work.

Jonathan Natkin, Craftsman

Jon came to Stark Mountain in 2012 after working as a cabinetmaker in Jackson Hole, WY. Originally from Connecticut, he began working with wood while earning a degree in Chemistry at Colby College. At Stark, Jon can usually be found building cabinets, creating one-of-a-kind work for clients and operating the CNC router. He enjoys skiing, biking, hiking and traveling. Jon has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and completed a 7000-mile cross country bicycle trip. He lives with his wife in Hinesburg. On many days his dog Mango comes to work and spends the day on the shop floor.

Pearse Waldron, Craftsman

Josh Tallman, Craftsman

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