From a tiny European country Moldova, Nikolay has brought with him abundant diverse experience and the desire to embody his knowledge and ability in his trade. From youth, Nick was attracted to wood carving. He studied at a technical school towards that profession, participating in many competitions where he took home first place - parallel to helping his father in the home based cabinet business.
After serving in the army, he worked as a lathe operator at the local metal factory. But the passion, passed down from his great-grandfather, drew him towards woodworking. He started his own business into which he put in his expertise and unique skills that he had acquired, being able to work with metal and wood, that has became invaluable in his trade. Most importantly, the tradition of three generations - quality, has been preserved since.
With his arrival in Rochester NY in 1997, Nikolay began learning the English language while being employed at Doctors Furniture, a cabinetry shop specializing in antique restoration. In conjunction, he set-up a workshop in his basement to continue his passion on the weekends. Not being able to resist, he opened his own business, "Nick's Quality Cabinets" in 1999. That same year Nikolay was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Worker Ownership Resource Center, in recognition of the enthusiasm and desire to pursue his entrepreneurial talents.
Moving to Cleveland Tennessee in 2006, Nikolay was determined to further continue using the skills accumulated in his trade towards satisfying customers. With his son's help, who has picked up the trade with intent to further the family business, both have strived to exceed set expectations. Carrying the legacy, son Stan has taken to mastering techniques, coming in first place in the state of Tennessee in both 2009 and 2010 Skills USA Cabinetmaking competition and 4th place in the Skills USA Nationals.
In late 2011 Wood Craftsmen delved into restoration and refinishing. Stan has taken over this new pursuit and a subsidiary company,
The Furniture Doctor was created in 2012.
Satisfying customers through unique one of a kind custom pieces, to restoring a family heirloom or ornate furniture, to updating the look of your kitchen or bathroom by refinishing, is the number one priority at Wood Craftsmen and The Furniture Doctor.