“Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement; passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible.” – UrbanDictionary.com
Passion is what makes Chris York’s wood creations stunning, unique and special.
York Creations’ vision began right here in Midlothian almost five years ago when Chris’ wife of more than 11 years, Missy, asked him a simple favor: to build a table for their eat-in kitchen. Her request transported him back to his childhood and the precious memories of him and his grandfather tinkering with wood and metal. Cutting, sanding, designing and creating a piece where countless memories would be made with his family reignited just how much he loved the process and art of building a one-of-a-kind piece.
After he finished what would be the heart of his family’s home, that farmhouse table, it became a conversation piece for anyone who laid eyes on it. For about four years, Chris freelanced by creating various wood items for friends and family. Word of mouth grew about his attention to detail and exquisite work. He was receiving so many referrals for his services, he decided to make the leap from freelance woodworker to a business owner in the summer of 2018. York Creations does most of its work right here in Midlothian but has customers throughout the state of Virginia. While a majority of his business involves custom dining tables, Chris can design and create any wood project. His projects have included one-of-a-kind bed headboards; outdoor bars; coat racks; cutting boards; and hall, coffee and end tables. If you have a vision for a wood project, Chris can bring it to life.
Chris’ expertise in wood grains helps guide the customer in making the best choice to suit their project and their budget. The most common wood types Chris works with are oak and walnut. Oak has a nice, clean grain structure while walnut offers darker tones with flexibility in its color scheme. Each piece of wood has a history behind it, and Chris seeks to weave that originality into his work.
One of the joys of creating his masterpieces is working with his hands while enjoying the solitude of his work space.
“I can just forget about the outside world, and when I’m done, I have a finished product I’m proud of that is going to someone who will equally appreciate it,” Chris says.
His biggest inspiration, however, is being an example to his boys, Hudson and Asher, ages 2 and 4, who like to join him in his shop when he’s working.
“For me, it’s about family and being a role model to my boys, like my grandfather was for me.”