Johnson Furniture Restoration • Owned and operated by Greg Johnson
Greg has extensive experience in all aspects of furniture construction, finishing, repair, restoration and conservation. He has a reputation for providing the highest quality of craftsmanship and service.
His main objective is to complete each project while paying careful attention to its value, integrity, and historical significance.
"Mr. Johnson is a talented and sensitive craftsman, capable of restoring mid-century modern works, art furniture, and of course, antiques. I highly recommend him for all finishing and restoration jobs."
– Wendell Castle
Greg Johnson's professional experience spans 40 years, from apprenticing with his father Robert J. Johnson and brother Bob, Jr., working for another brother Thomas Johnson, and as finisher for internationally renowned artist Wendell Castle.
2000 - 2005 Icon Design and the Wendell Castle Collection in LeRoy, New York. Greg ran the finishing department and was involved with developing standard and many custom finishes on a production basis.
1989 - 2000 Wendell Castle Incorporated, Scottsville, New York. Greg worked as principal finisher, developing high end finishes and innovative decorative effects.
1979 - 1989 Greg worked with his brother Tom in Newton, Massachusetts, part-time while attending the Worcester Center for Crafts, and then full-time for eight years.
1979 - 1981 Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, Massachusetts. Greg completed a two-year program in furniture design and woodworking.
1970 - 1979 Robert J. Johnson Cabinet Makers, Silver Spring, Maryland. Greg started working for his father at age 13, part-time through high school and then full-time.
Emily joined the Johnson Furniture Restoration team in 2018 as a part-time assistant restorer. She comes to us with a BA in Industrial Design from RIT, a lifetime of DIY experience, and a passion for heirloom, antique and odd things with character.
In 2002, Martha began as an intern at Johnson Furniture Restoration during her last semester at SUNY Geneseo. After graduation, she continued to work part time at JFR, while also employed alongside Greg at Icon Design and the Wendell Castle Collection's finishing department. Martha subsequently worked for ten years with fine art and antiques before returning to work part time at Johnson Furniture Restoration in 2016. Martha cannot sit still, however, and in 2018 she embarked on a new career as a flight attendant, satisfying her love of travel, meeting and serving others, and sense of adventure. She continues to drop in for a day or two of work at the shop when she is in the area.
Greg's daughter Althea has worked part-time for the family business for many years, including remotely while studying at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Most recently, starting in 2016, she works part-time at the shop as an assistant restorer and office administrator.
Resident Shop Dog
Kaiya's responsibilites include demanding a good belly rub and being cute! Kaiya is a very friendly dog, but loves to bark at customers when they visit the shop. Woof woof!