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THE WOODSHOP LTD. is a full service restoration shop with the capability to restore your antique Chris Craft to showroom condition. Depending on your intent, I can produce museum quality work or provide you with a restoration utilizing both tradition and technology that minimizes maintenance while increasing your time on the water. We offer the most historically accurate restorations and the highest quality craftsmanship to those who can appreciate it and specialize in restorations of prewar Chris Crafts with particular interest in the barrel backs produced between 1939-1942.

We are a family owned company that has produced the highest quality furniture and architectural woodworking for the past 25 years. We have provided engineering and CAD services to local millwork companies together with traditional hand joinery for many years. Our craftsmanship is outstanding. As we have transitioned into restoration work, I have developed techniques that have proven themselves to be second to none. Tahoe Results. By combining traditional woodworking, engineering, and CAD we have developed a very unique approach to the restoration of antique boats.

It has become my goal to document the original construction in order to produce the most historically accurate and technically superior restoration available. We believe the best way to achieve this goal is with a combination of very traditional boatbuilding and cutting edge technology.


James Blake founded THE WOODSHOP LTD. in 1996. He has been a furniture maker and woodworker for 31 years with an extensive career in production millworking and engineering. Our family runs a small shop in Edmond, Oklahoma


Recently we competed in the 33rd annual Concours d’ Elegance at Lake Tahoe against 107 other boats and received the shows highest awards. Our entry, Little Lady, won a first place in its class, and the Perpetual Best of Show. Jim also recieived the Perpetual trophy for The Best Professional Restorer of 2005, an award rarely given to an individual. Following the show at Tahoe, Little Lady competed at the ACBS International Show at Lake Of The Ozarks and was named 2005 Boat Of The Year.


Restorations are offered to owners of antique Chris Crafts with lengths thru 23’.

Museum quality hull restorations for 1940-1942 Chris Craft 17’ Deluxe (Barrel backs).

Museum quality hull restorations for 1939-1942 Chris Craft 19’ Custom (Barrel backs).

Museum quality hull restorations for 1940-1942 Chris Craft 23’ Custom Chris Craft (Barrel back).

Restorations are available as turn key projects or completed as desired.

Research and documentation of original construction.

Custom stains and color matching to original specifications.

CAD based drawings for documentation or construction.

Lead Times and Billing

All projects that we will consider are taken on a first come basis. Projects are billed on a cost-plus basis or by bid. Our shop rates are very competitive. Bid prices are based on current market values for materials and are subject to change. Call for pricing.