Because your family gathers in the kitchen.

Boise, Idaho · 175 Sales


Because your family gathers in the kitchen.

Boise, Idaho 175 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Fine furniture, cutting boards, and kitchen accessories all constructed in Boise, Idaho.


Fine furniture, cutting boards, and kitchen accessories all constructed in Boise, Idaho.

SJ WoodWorks

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SJ WoodWorks


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Our Story

Steve Joseph Bonora is a woodworker living in Nampa, Idaho. What would become SJWoodWorks began during the off-season before his 5th and final year as a wildland firefighter with the Carson Hotshots in Taos, New Mexico. While living in a house with very little kitchen counter space, he built himself a large chopping block using basic tools and a variety of scrap woods. He appreciated the process and the result so much that he decided to make smaller chopping blocks as gifts for family and friends. He really enjoyed those months working for himself to create something of lasting value for people who enjoy quality, handmade products.

Steve decided to stop fighting fires after his marriage in 2012 in order to see his wife more than 6 months a year. Making the decision of what to do next was difficult. Steve thought about returning to school to pursue a career in the health field, but he couldn't quite shake the idea of working for himself. He knew that starting his own business would be risky and time-consuming, but his career in fire certainly made him no stranger to hard work.

During the last two years, Steve has made a career out of his woodworking talents, and has enjoyed success at various markets in the Sun Valley and Boise, Idaho area, as well as at shows across the western U.S. Steve is also currently working on getting his products into local stores and businesses. His products include various sizes of decorative, long-lasting chopping blocks, spatulas, bottle openers and magnetic knife holders. These items are made from sustainably harvested domestic and exotic hardwoods such as rustic maple, black walnut, Brazilian purple heart and African sapele. Steve also enjoys doing custom work, and has made a serving countertop for a Sicilian food truck, chopping block countertops for kitchen islands, and more.

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Shop members

  • Steve Bonora

    Owner, Creator

    SJ WoodWorks is a small furniture company run from the shop in my garage outside Boise, Idaho. I'm committed and passionate about building and delivering an elegant, quality product to my customers. Thanks for spending some of your time here today.

  • Dena

    Chief Sounding Board, CFO

    Dena is my lovely wife and chief sounding board. All large decisions, and most of the small ones, must first pass her ears and get the sign of approval. She also handles all of the accounting. Thanks Dena, for all you do!

Shop policies

Last updated on December 11, 2014
Hi folks!

After spending a number of seasons as a wildland firefighter, I decided I needed to do something that kept me closer to home, and closer to my wonderful wife. Because of people like you who shop my store, and appreciate high quality handmade products, I've been able to turn a hobby into a business.

I am forever thankful for new and existing customers, and I invite you to look around, and find that item you just can't live without.

Thanks again,
SJ WoodWorks

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Have a problem? Let me know, my goal is your satisfaction. I'll do what needs to be done to make you a repeat customer!
2-3 Days
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Like the concept, but don't see exactly what you like? Let me know, I'd love to custom build a piece to your liking.