Welcome to Armando Lopez Garcia carpentry and cabinet making. Please feel free to browse through the images of work for further information. You can also contact us with any questions or potential projects you may wish to discuss.
“Armando has worked for me on a number of occasions both in our Woodland Workshop and at home. He has worked alongside other craftsmen as part of our team and has managed projects as well as working alone. Armando has always been entirely reliable and worked to an excellent standard of craftsmanship, he has shown great initiative in problem solving and the end results have always been immaculate and finished on time and to budget. I have no hesitation in recommending him for high quality craftsmanship both as a member of a team and for his own commissions and projects.”
- Guy Mallinson, Woodland Workshop
(as seen on BBC 'Mastercrafts' series with Monty Don).
Garden Design, Stuart Craine Design, Notting Hill
Client brief: The client requested a contemporary garden which included a water feature, entertaining space and play area for the children with play den.
'Stuart Craine has designed an eye-catching garden – but its not just about colour. It’s low-maintenance and child-friendly too.'
Pattie Barron, Evening Standard
'The garden has surpassed our expectations – we have achieved a much more beautiful and enjoyable space than we had before.'
Georgian Book Shelves
Client brief: Replicate some Georgian panelled bookshelves, which will sit beautifully in a restricted corridor space with adjustable shelves. The shelves were built to mirror the exsisting panelling of the house.
'Armando kept me informed throughout the project on his ideas and daily progress.'
1940’s Style Kitchen Cabinet
Client brief: To make a practical display space with cupboards for the kitchen based on 1940's cabinet designs.
Private design commission. Sourced original glass and fittings. This commission has led to three additional projects of similar briefs.
'When I saw Armando's cabinet, I immediately commissioned some variations to sell in my shop'
Sharon Bradley, The Old Albion
Client brief: Build a grass-roofed compost toilet block with oak clad finish.
The project included construction planning and design/problem solving, so as to get a green structure within the Woodland Workshop. All work done to the internal and exterior finish was to a very high standard of craftsmanship, with solid polished oak fitting and joinery and stainless steel detailing.'
Guy Mallinson, Woodland Workshop.
Art Studio - Woodland Workshop
Client brief: Oak shiplap cladding and fitting of the entire studio as well as the painting and decorating of interior.
“Armando has worked for me on a number of occasions both in our Woodland Workshop and at home, he has worked alongside other craftsmen as part of our team and also worked on his own managing projects and working alone. Armando has always been entirely reliable and worked to an excellent standard of craftsmanship. He has shown great initiative in problem solving and the end results have always been immaculate and finished on time and to budget. I have no hesitation in recommending him for high quality craftsmanship both as a member of a team and for his own commissions and projects.”
Guy Mallinson, Woodland Workshop (as seen on BBC 'Mastercrafts' series with Monty Don).
Garden Design, Stuart Craine Design
Client brief: To build a wooden pathway leading to a raised cedar lounging deck, with fire pit at the bottom of the garden. Design and build a secure garden gate that complemented an extension to the client's house.
I cannot recommend Armando highly enough. Not only did he come up with great designs for both, but also he suggested what wood to use, sourced ironmongery, worked quickly, cheerfully and tidily, as well as always being incredibly conscious of my tight budget. I would use him without hesistation for any other work I might need doing in the future.
Vanessa Jones, Oxford
Private Commission - Walk-in Larder
Client brief: Client wanted a traditional walk-in larder which Armando designed and constructed, adding the blackboard doors as a personal touch for both adults and children to use!
"Armando has created a practical storage space. He cleverly reused slate he found in our garden for the lower shelves and the blackboard was an inspired touch of his."
Private Commission - Storage Spaces
Client brief: To find a storage solution in a utility room, for shoes, kids sports equipment and general family paraphernalia.
"He came up with a really simple but clever solution for sorting all our stuff out. I thank him most days out loud for the order we have around the house!"
Client brief: Armando was a key senior member of the design and build team for Crafty Camping in the Woodland Workshop 2012. The project required a vast variety of skills that drew on his unique experience and aptitude for physically hard work. His work was second to none. The work here in the woods was done during the wettest spring / summer on record and he continued to work cheerily to the highest standard. He is always a popular member of the team.
Projects completed by Armando
Hand-making three green wood yurts using traditional hand woodworking techniques.
Fitting solid oak yurt doors and associated joinery.
Hand-laying solid oak floors and very complex compound curved boardwalks.
Re-roofing and fitting out the woodland kitchen to commercial kitchen specification.
Constructing and cedar-lining the sauna, constructing log ring stepping stones and coracle roofed 'tree showers'.
Building beds and solid oak bed heads.
‘When the project was completed we kept Armando on for a month to help with the finishing and detail work — a task that, as ever, he completed to the highest standard while smiling. We shall miss having him around after such a long project and he will be the first person to contact if we need any more skilled help in the future.’
Guy Mallinson, Woodland Workshop - Crafty Camping
High Work Desk
Client Brief: To build a high work desk to client’s specification.
‘I asked Armando to design a work space for me, I was previously struggling in an office that had no storage and that was spread over different table levels. Armando has created me my dream desk. The draws have all been built with dividers and sliding draws for my printers and scanning equipment. I finally have a deep sense of calm and organisation around myself while working from home.’
Office shelving system
Client Brief: The client had a few small pieces of furniture that they wanted integrated into one office organisational system.
‘Armando did more than interpret a brief. He helped me to define it, improving the original idea with every suggestion. He delivered on budget and on time with a wall of floor-to-ceiling office storage that completely changed the room, its proportions and practical potential. I cannot recommend him highly enough - not just his craftsmanship skills and obsessive attention to detail, but his subtle and convincing belief in what comprises good, contemporary design’
Sophy Roberts, Journalist