Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. Our team looks forward to working with you to create inspiring pieces of fine woodwork.

Chip Potter

Owner

Since first learning how to create bowls and vases with a Shop Smith during childhood, Chip has always loved woodworking. This creative calling led Chip to pursue training in mechanical engineering. Throughout his nearly forty-year career, Chip has always remained faithful to his interest in woodworking, having worked for many years with pattern-maker, mentor, and close friend George Cornog. It was George’s wish that after his passing the high-quality, timeless woodworking machinery in his workshop would find its way to Chip. Throughout his career, Chip has had numerous fascinating endeavors, and he is excited to be investing in New Leaf Woodworks.

Matt Blackburn

Master Woodworker

Matt Blackburn’s interest in woodworking started in middle school woodshop when he would often come in before class and start to work on his projects before class began. This continued in high school, where Matt won best in show for the grandfather clock, he built his senior year.  While on a field trip to one of the finest furniture making shops, he knew that furniture-making and woodworking would be his profession. In 1998, Matt accepted a position at that shop as an apprentice. Over the following six years, Matt mastered furniture making and millwork techniques.  In 2004, Matt’s application to the renowned North Bennet Street School (Boston, MA) was accepted, affording him the ability to refine his traditional hand woodworking skills. As the Master Woodworker at New Leaf Woodworks, Matt looks forward to using his over two decades of experience and broad woodworking skill set to bring your vision to reality.

Contact Matt: (610) 322-4613 matt.blackburn@newleafwoodworks.com

Wes Potter

Director of Project Management

Starting early in his childhood as a Boy Scout with wood carving, Wes Potter has been fascinated with woodworking. Similar to his colleagues, Wes’s passion for woodworking lasted throughout middle and high school woodshop and has guided him to become the Director of Project Management at New Leaf Woodworks. Wes is excited to work closely with clients to bring their ideas to life. With over a decade of experience in project management for a variety of large and small production endeavors, Wes provides an unparalleled level of commitment to ensuring a project’s success.

Contact Wes: (610) 450-6790 wesley.potter@newleafwoodworks.com

Simon James

Design Coordinator

Drawing upon his training in architecture, Simon James is excited to bring creative design and fabrication concepts to the New Leaf Woodworks team. Simon has extensive knowledge in achieving quality outcomes and works closely with clients to transform their ideas into realities.

Contact Simon: (469) 909-9530 simon.james@newleafwoodworks.com


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