A Little Bit About Mark

Mark with cabinet My name is Mark Padbury. I live on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State with my wife Stella and daughters Sofia, Elena, and son Robbie. I own and operate a custom woodwork and cabinet company called Buckhorn Farm. Our primary focus is the design and construction of custom residential cabinetry, although we occasionally provide local businesses their unique requests. We often receive and follow the designs of architects as Orcas Island represents a popular destination for people to realize their architectural dream home. We more often than not, reinvent the wheel with every project as our client and architect base is as varied as one can imagine. My days can also find me teaching part time as I've assumed the post of "woodshop teacher" at the local high school for the past 13 years.

My interest in woodworking came about as a mix between my desire to see the world and a series of fortuitous opportunities. The first opportunity was my return to college after my year long travels through Europe. It was there while majoring in art that I took a woodworking class and developed an interest in fine furniture and objects made of wood.

After returning to full time construction work and carpentry, I once again met another fortuitous opportunity. I was given the chance to participate in the construction of a large wooden yacht on the island of Bequia in the Southern Caribbean. This stands as the seminal moment in my career. It was while working on Bequia for 2 years that I had the good fortune of working alongside shipwrights who had perfected their craft and skills with hand tools during countless days in the tropical sun building boats. My position in the crew became very important as I arrived with the unique experience in the operation of the large woodworking machinery that had been procured for the project.

mark in the WoodshopAfter returning to California for a couple years, I would once again renew my passport for a chance to become ships carpenter aboard a large wooden sailboat, bound for the Mediterranean Sea from the coast of Venezuela. During my adventures aboard the Lene Marie, I would supervise the construction of her complete interior refit on the island of Malta. I would once again return to the West Coast and live on the Island of Galliano in British Columbia. While on Galliano I would support myself through several unique woodworking experiences. I would once again be called back to the Caribbean to do a major refit on a friends wooden yacht. After that adventure I returned to Sausalito, California where I renewed my ticket in custom home construction. It was here that I remained for several years working and starting my family.

I was then given another opportunity to mix travel and work on an island. An old family friend asked that I consider supervising the construction of his custom home on Orcas Island. After completing the project's year and a half timeline, we decided to settle here to raise our now, larger family, including two daughters. It has now been 22 years and with the addition of our son, the family is done but the work continues. We've managed to work our way into a reputation of honest solid craft, and we never shy away from another challenge that will come through the door. Without the skills and commitment of my crew I would never be able to realize this work and the persuit of the pride of my teachers before me.