Van Jester Woodworks began in 2007, rising from the ashes of one of the oldest millwork shops in Richmond, Beckstoffers & Sons Millwork.
We borrow from that rich historical tradition and specialize in historic millwork reproduction, traditional and euro cabinetry, custom furniture and much more.
We utilize wood from a variety of sources, including weathered barn siding, warehouse flooring, framing timbers and new wood. We also have vintage fire bells and other antique items.
Call for an appointment to peruse our inventory of one of a kind reclaimed items or to discuss your custom cabinetry, furniture and woodworking needs.
Zachary Jester began his career as a woodworker right out of college. When he graduated from University of Delaware he moved to Columbus and ran a small shop making store fixtures, most notably for Coleman Spas, and signage for retail establishments. He moved to Richmond in 2001 and spent a couple years honing his skills as a woodworker as well as rehabbing houses in the Church Hill area. He was then convinced to leave his contracting business to come work for Beckstoffers & Sons Millwork and run the casework department. When Beckstoffers shut down in Dec. 2007, he made the necessary machinery purchases and teamed up with Bill to launch Van Jester Woodworks.
Deciding that the cubicle life was not for him, BIll went into set design and assembly. Growing tired of that, he switched to building and interior design, which graduated into using used building materials, mainly decorative pieces such as stained glass and light fixtures, hardware etc. This grew into an antique lumber salvage endeavor, which brought him back to Va. and kept him in the realm of custom furniture and cabinetry. Self taught, Bill was hired by Beckstoffers of Richmond Va, and when it shut down, he teamed up with Zack using his client base to help start Van Jester Woodworks. We have grown into the custom shop that we are today, still emphasizing one of a kind and custom projects. Bill has also teamed up with Restore, of Richmond Va. and our shop works to help them offer specialty products as well.
Liberato DiJoseph is a Virginia native who received his Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Georgetown University and Masters Degree in Interior Environments from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked under furniture makers and designers in Washington D.C., New York, and Virginia. Lee lives with his wife, son, and three dogs in Richmond, Va.