Colonial Cabinets Carrys On

Traditions of Quality Woodworking



Colonial Cabinets
Avonite Fabrication

David Garvey did not have to have the luck of the Irish to become a skilled professional woodworker. After emigrating to the U.S. in April 2001 from County Clare, Ireland to play semi-pro rugby, Garvey spent time as a construction apprentice to hone his talents as a cabinet craftsman.

“I worked 15 years in Manhattan, New York on high-end residential apartments and townhouses,” Garvey said. “During the process, I mastered the skills needed for kitchen cabinetry, flooring and general construction.”

Now, with 23 years of total woodworking experience, Garvey has become co-owner of Colonial Cabinets in Lagrange, Ohio. Sean Whalen, a fellow woodworker with Irish-American heritage is also a part owner of Colonial Cabinets.

“I have 30 years experience in the construction trades and I met David while I was restoring and flipping rental properties,” said Whalen. “My current responsibilities include business development and overseeing various projects.”

In 2018, Garvey and Whalen purchased Colonial Cabinets, a shop with lineage dating back to 1960. Jeff West, the son of the original founder and long-time Colonial Cabinets employee, is currently the shop manger. This continuity helps cement the tradition of product quality and consistency.

Not only does Colonial Cabinets build and install kitchen and residential cabinetry, the artisans also craft reclaimed wood features and beams in home remodels, organizational areas, fireplace mantels, custom cafe and bar areas, mudrooms, built-in seating and millwork projects. Though they produce their work locally, thanks to connections in New York, they install high-end cabinetry in ritzy locations like Park Avenue.

“Our team of skilled woodworkers personally craft cabinets and custom pieces in a fully-equipped, 8,500-square-foot shop and we invite customers to come and observe the process,” Whalen said. “We’re an Ohio-based company and many of our materials come from green and sustainable processing facilities here in America.”

With a fully-stocked warehouse in Solon, Ohio, one of Colonial Cabinets chief wood product suppliers is Distributor Service Inc. “The company’s relationship with DSI goes back to the previous owner,” said Garvey. “We source plywood, lumber, solid surface, laminate and wood finish from DSI. We especially appreciate the relationship we have with our wood finish rep Kevin Hess. If we have any spray issues, he comes right out and resolves them.”

Hearkening back to centuries-old Irish woodworking traditions, Colonial Cabinets also employs expert installer Connor McCallion, a native of Derry, Northern Ireland and Jerry Duelly, a long-time master cabinet maker of Irish-American heritage. When it comes to custom cabinets and other woodworking projects built in Lagrange, Ohio, Colonial Cabinets customers have found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

For more information, contact Colonial Cabinets Today: 914-907-9501 • sean@colonialcabinetsohio.com