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

What's New

Ray is in the process of developing period furniture making classes that will be held in partnership with the Woodcraft Store of Virginia Beach.  These classes will include the use of hand tools, hand joinery, carving, turning, veneering, inlay and finishing techniques.  The classes will be listed on this site as they become available.  If you have an idea for a class you would like to see, please send Ray an e-mail with your suggestion.

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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