Like many woodworkers, Pete Cavanaugh’s interest comes from a familial influence. Pete spent a healthy amount of time running around his grandpa’s workshop while he labored over his beautiful harpsichords. After spending his young adult years in other arenas, the siren song of a freshly honed plane had him longing again for the workshop environment.
Several years, and many calluses later, Pete found himself knee deep in wood shavings. Now producing his own work in a quiet shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Butternut Brooklyn likes designs that are classic and minimal, shapes and utility that boil down to the essential. Once they think of what they want to make, Sarahana, Pete’s partner, will work on the foundational aspects of the design, like shape and proportions, which are then discussed and go through revisions. Then Pete will continue the design process by prototyping with the selection of wood, specific construction details, and the right grain figure. Each item is handmade with the utmost care and attention to detail. They take all measures to ensure each piece will be as sturdy and long-lasting as the next.