Lael Gordon

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Laël grew up in a small town in coastal southern Alaska where his father worked as shipwright repairing wooden boats. His first exposure to woodworking was watching his father re-saw massive Douglas fir timbers into ships’ planking and steam bending them into place. To this day the sweet nutty smell of freshly sawn Douglas fir is one of his favourite things and he often makes use of the under-appreciated wood in his furniture. Laël is a graduate of Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking. He has been building fine furniture and other wooden things from his shop in Seward and now Anchorage, Alaska since 2007. His work has been featured in museum shows and galleries throughout the northwest and Canada. Laël takes a deliberate and uncompromising approach to building fine furniture. He embraces the clean lines, simple forms, and functional intent of modern design. He uses carefully selected materials, cuts joinery by hand, and pays great attention to small details.


Purchased work will be carefully crated and shipped fully insured. Generally small items will be sent via postal service and larger items via UPS Ground. Crating is included in purchase price. Shipping costs are the responsibility of buyer. All efforts will be made to choose a shipping method that is agreeable to the buyer; the shipping method/cost will be confirmed with the buyer prior to shipment.

Commission Process

  • The commission process will begin with a 30-60 minute no-cost phone discussion to establish the client’s needs and vision.
  • Next, 3-6 3-d computer sketches of the project will be generated for the client to review. Dialogue will continue with the client until a satisfactory design is agreed upon. Client may request material/finish samples. A $300 design fee will be charged for design work. Design fee may be less for small pieces or custom versions of pieces already created. After design work is complete a project plan will be finalized with a completion date and total cost.
  • If the client decides to go forward with the project the client will receive frequent progress updates and images of work in progress via email.


Laël Gordon’s furniture is guaranteed to be free of defects in materials and workmanship. Should a problem arise with your product it will be repaired or replaced without charge, except for any cost in transportation

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