John Northrup | Owner, Lead Designer
John founded Blowing Rock Woodworks in 2012, starting from a small garage shop in Blowing Rock NC to a nationwide company in 2017. Accolades stem from Mr. Northrup's life long entrepreneurship, with decades of business development experience, the wood working came as an undiscovered talent, however. With a passion for building unique designs at the time not seen in the market place, BRWW instantly was a huge success. The continued product design and development of the business through the introduction of like minded artisans, has kept BRWW as an industry leader in furniture design. Through the years projects have ranged from custom desks and dining tables, to building for offices, restaurants and even a well known football stadium. Our team is always welcoming new projects and look forward to hearing from you.
Madison Northrup | Operations Manager, Custom Sales
Madison is the Operations Manager and Lead Sales Associate. Madison manages our Etsy, CustomMade and direct sales outlets. Madison also handles the finishing process of each piece and ensures that each order is created to BRWW standards. She is happiest when working with designers and clients, staging our photo shoots and seeing our customer's final projects. When she is not working you can find her watching a Cubs game, spending time with her family, or watching football and National Geographic. She is also studying interior design to further help clients create their dream homes.
Trevor Northrup | Production Manager, Designer, Builder
Trevor is the Production Manager for Blowing Rock Woodworks, handling all aspects of building your custom pieces! He manages the creation of orders, builds and designs furniture, and often handles local deliveries - so you get your perfect piece and on time! Trevor has been with the company since John first started making cutting boards in his garage shop, and he’s enjoyed watching it grow over time. His favorite part of his job is working on custom pieces that require more intricate building techniques. In his free time he enjoys watching horror films, cooking anything from Asian to Cajun, and working toward his Business degree.
Mandy Melanson | Digital Marketing Manager
Mandy handles marketing, promotions, social media, and the website for Blowing Rock Woodworks, and you can also find her in the showroom during the week. She began helping with the company when her boyfriend, Trevor (who also works for BRWW), started helping out with custom builds in 2014 and came back to the team in 2019 to help the business grow locally, and online. Mandy obtained an AA in graphic and web design, BA in studio art, and an MA in museum studies. She has worked in museums, art galleries, and various non-profits over the last seven years. It's been an easy transition coming back to BRWW, she believes that helping people create custom pieces is such a personal experience, bringing unique and functional art into their homes. Her favorite parts of working with the company are being able to make creative decisions and work closely with family. In her free time, she enjoys watching films with boyfriend, Trevor, taking care of her many fur-babies, and working as a freelance graphic and web designer.
Tom Temple | Designer, Builder, Shipping
Tom comes to us from a first career as a 30-year veteran of print design, management and marketing. Having had their fill of the high-stress life of corporate America, Tom, his wife Carol, along with their two kids, relocated to western NC and opened Handtiques, a gift shop located in Blowing Rock. John Northrup was the first wood worker to be featured in their shop. Tom and John became fast friends, and when John expanded his business, Tom was more than happy to join the adventure. Be it in clay, paint, pencil, pen, paper, metal or wood, for as long as he can remember, Tom has enjoyed working with his hands. A second career in wood working was a natural fit and the casual, creative and fun atmosphere of Blowing Rock Woodworks only makes it better.
Carter Whitley | Designer, Builder
Carter is a builder and designer for Blowing Rock Woodworks. He started with the company in October of 2017, after moving to the area to go to Appalachian State University. His interest in woodworking started by watching popular woodworking videos on Youtube. From there, his interest skyrocketed and he found us. He is going to school for Construction Management and wants to one day be an estimator or project manager. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and watching the Carolina Hurricanes.