a seamless experience from design to fabrication


Our Story

Iron Oak is a furniture and lighting fabrication team with a passion for the details. Each piece by Iron Oak is thoughtfully crafted using timeless building methods and exceptional materials. Through a custom design process that carefully considers every element of a project, the Iron Oak team prides themselves on the ability to collaborate with designers and customers to bring an idea to life. Every piece built by Iron Oak is meant to compliment the natural beauty of the wood and is crafted to last a lifetime with hand-welded metals and the highest grade finishes.




Karl grew up in Richmond,VA. His inspiration to build came from his father, a mechanical engineer.  In high school he competed in SkillsVICA Nationals for 3D animation and visualization, placing 14th as a Junior and 1st as a Senior.

While attending Virginia Commonwealth University, he began working under a master carpenter which inspired him to pursue working for himself doing Historic Restoration.

After being in the construction field for years, his interest turned toward design and finish work. He met Thomas during their work on a historic restoration project that was featured on TLC. In 2010 they began sharing a work space and within a few years had formed Iron Oak. 





Thomas grew up in Orange, VA and began his career working with his father, a custom home builder. In school he studied drafting and 3D modeling, a passion he has pursued ever since.  

Thomas began working in historic renovation after moving to Richmond in 2005. His parlay into custom design began by reclaiming materials from historic projects and creating pieces that complimented those structures.

Thomas' strength is his knowledge of construction, renovation and the real world use of space.  He helps clients take their design ideas and dreams and turn them into a functional, finished product.



Our showroom

see for yourself

Visit our gallery on Mayo Island to see some of our work first hand. We know when you see, touch and feel the sturdiness and beauty of an Iron Oak piece, you will want to get started creating your own. Through your designer, we will work to create a piece that fits your unique design, style and space. Our gallery is an excellent way to get inspired, learn more about our process or choose finishes and materials for your project. 

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Want to see more?

Take a look at our most recent projects on our portfolio, or learn more about how we can collaborate on a custom piece just for you.