Our Story

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James "Jim" Ipekjian (b. 1949 Pasadena, Ca) established Ipekjian Custom Woodwork in 1972. He graduated from Pasadena City College with training as a machinist and subsequently worked in the aerospace industry. This provided a valuable skill set which would later strengthen his woodworking capabilities by enabling him to fabricate custom hardware and tooling for his work. His early career involved building custom furniture in a variety of styles including early American, French, contemporary, and Greene and Greene.

In 1994, the owners of the Blacker House (designed by architects, Greene and Greene in 1907 ) hired Jim to reproduce all of the light fixtures from the house while they began an extensive home restoration. Jim became their project manager and oversaw all of the trades throughout the restoration. He was also commissioned to reproduce all of the furniture and lighting for the house which continues to this day.

The most famous Greene and Greene home is the Gamble House. It is the only G & G home open to the public for tours. Jim volunteers his time to guide a special tour at the Gamble House which focuses on the construction of the house and its furnishings.

Today, Jim continues designing and building furniture and lighting. He is also available as a consultant for historic home restoration projects.  

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John "Jack" Ipekjian (b. 1983 Pasadena, Ca) graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in American history and then joined ICW in 2006. Since then he has tried to learn as much as he can from his father. Today he designs and builds furniture and lighting.

In 2014, John established his own business called Pasadena Woodworks. Jim and John continue to work on projects together. Ipekjian Custom Woodwork focuses strictly on custom projects while Pasadena Woodworks focuses on limited production furniture and furniture-related products.