Butternut Brooklyn

Handmade wooden goods from gowanus, brooklyn

The Team

Peter Cavanaugh

Like most woodworkers, my interest comes from a familial influence. I spent a healthy amount of time running around my grandpa's workshop while he labored over his beautiful harpsichords. After spending my young adult years in other arenas, the siren song of a freshly honed plane had me longing again for the workshop environment. 

Several years, and many calluses later, I've found myself knee deep in wood shavings. This time, produced by my own work in a quiet shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Sarahana Shrestha

Coming soon

Design & process

We like designs that are classic and minimal, shapes and utility that boil down to the essential.

Once we think of things we want to make, typically Sarahana will work on the foundational aspects of the design, like shape and proportions, which are then discussed and go through revisions. Then Peter will continue the design process by prototyping with the selection of wood, specific construction details, and the right grain figure.


Each item is handmade with the utmost care and attention to detail. We take measures to ensure each piece will be as sturdy and long-lasting as the next. Should you have any specific questions, please feel free to email us at hi@butternutbrooklyn.com