James R. Journigan Sr.
James R. Journigan Sr.

The Colonial Craftsman

     James R. Journigan, Sr. (Ray) makes fine period reproduction furniture in the 18th century tradition.  Given the rarity and expense of high quality antiques, the cabinetmaker sets out to enable his clients to own pieces of the same impeccable quality and style that in time will become heirlooms for generations to come.

     Handcut dovetails, mortise and tenon joinery, detailed turnings, hand carving, and inlays are but a few of the details that give his reproductions the look and feel of their period counterparts.  Placed in a room with period antiques, his work speaks the same language.


     Painstaking, meticulous handcarving sets Journigan's work apart from that of his peers.  And it is this attention to detail and commitment to quality that has earned him the honor of being named one of America's Top 200 Traditional Craftsmen by Early American Homes magazine.  Ray is also a long standing member of the Society of American Period Furniture Maker.

     When purchasing a Journigan reproduction, you acquire more than a fine reproduction - you help preserve a time-honored art form.  This is important to the cabinetmaker; it inspires him to teach classes in period furniture making and intricate handcarving that is his hallmark.

Re-creating America's Finest Furniture Treasures

Get in Touch

The Colonial Craftsman

Virginia Beach, VA 


Ray can be reached by calling 757-621-9861

or by email at mebacarver@msn.com

Shop Visits

Being a one man shop, Ray wears many hats and may not be in the shop at all times.  For this reason, visits to the shop are available by appointment only to ensure he is in at the time you wish to visit.  Several completed pieces are also available for viewing in the showroom.


Ray does not carry a "line" of furniture.  Any period piece may be faithfully reproduced.   You may have seen a piece that sold at auction, or one you may have seen on a recent visit to a historic home or museum.  Maybe you saw a picture in a book or magazine.  Ray carries an extensive library of resource materials, and has taken many photographs of pieces held in private collections.  Even if you wish to enlarge a set of chairs you currently have, Ray enjoys working closely with each client to ensure they aquire the piece that until now was simply unavailable.

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