Cape Cod Craftsmen Saltwater Woodworks

Cape Cod craftsmen Saltwater Woodworks.
Cape Cod craftsmen kitchen island
Kitchen island.

 Cape Cod Craftsmen: Saltwater Woodworks

By Chelsea Corson | Photos by Pat O’Connell

Saltwater Woodworks tabletop
One of the tables at Bear in Boots that was fashioned by Saltwater Woodworks.

Saltwater Woodworks’ mission statement is: “To provide the highest quality handcrafted products that will exceed your expectations.” Their field of expertise includes fine cabinetry, window framing, flooring, furniture and artwork inspired by reclaimed wood. They also do built-ins and heirloom repairs. The craftsmanship of their products shows creativity and attentiveness to detail. Matt Sullivan created Saltwater Woodworks in 2001 as a one-man-crew in Dennis, MA. In 2012, he was able to expand his operations by merging with C & J Hunt Construction Services so they could offer commercial services as well. The Saltwater Woodworks retail store at 360 Main Street in Falmouth has been open for about 1½ years. Roughly 80% of their sales are from their custom kitchen cabinetry selection. Diners can also see some of their wood and furniture craftsmanship at the popular restaurant Bear in Boots Gastropub that is also on Main Street. The pub’s interior was featured in Boston Globe 2015.

Cape Cod craftsmen wooden bowl

This is the perfect place to visit for new homeowners or for those looking to give their kitchen or other living spaces a fresh, uniquely custom look. It is also a one-stop shop, where customers can purchase custom window frames, doors, or even flooring. Everywhere one looks is another way to customize the home or place of business, with a modern rustic, coastal look. You’ll see that the wood floors are made in a variety of wood species. One can also observe a variety of wood finishes. Every window in the store is uniquely framed which gives one design options to use for a home or business. How convenient!

Choosing Saltwater Woodworks is a sustainable and green choice. Everything in their store has been re-purposed in one way or another. Re-purposed materials inspire even their art pieces, which have been created by local New England artists.

Cape Cod craftsmen wall sconce
Wall sconce.

When one walks into Saltwater Woodworks, he/she is immediately welcomed with beautiful, wooden furniture and decorative pieces. The tables, chairs, wall-hangings, cabinets and decorative pieces are staged tastefully, in the store, which makes it that much easier to visualize how to utilize the pieces in your own home. For example, they have dining tables set with candles in beautiful wooden candle holders displayed on top. One can image having an intimate, candle-lit dinner party with close friends and family, enjoying the evening with a glass of wine in hand. How can you beat that?

No matter where you look, all of Ed’s one-of-a-kind furniture has an interesting back story. He can tell the purchaser where the materials came from and how they were used in years gone by. Whether it’s reclaimed wood from an old factory out in western Massachusetts or a re-purposed vintage sewing table, all of his materials have been recycled into beautiful furniture and art work. Every piece is a conversation piece!

Cape Cod craftsmen Saltwater Woodworks storefront
Storefront of Saltwater Woodworks.

While you are in the area, make sure to stop by this charming store, it is just past the Library and is only about a ten minute walk from the Palmer House Inn. The salespeople are friendly, helpful and have a passion for what they do. Make sure to ask about the pieces you find most interesting. For more information:

Chelsea is a Falmouth local, born and raised. She loves telling people all the great things to do and places to see in her hometown. She is also a professional artist who loves to travel. This past year she spent traveling and working along the east coast of Australia and visited New Zealand for a few weeks. “I have to say, there’s no other place in the world quite like Cape Cod.”

Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guest rooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day exploring the workshops of our Cape Cod craftsmen, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Cape Portals and Passageways Exhibit

Gypsy's Staircase by Amy Ragus, part of the Portals & Passagways Exhibit at Highfield Hall through September 2014, in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.

The Cape Portals & Passageways Exhibit is an environmental sculpture and art exhibition on display at Highfield Hall and Gardens through September.

Cape portals and passageways exhibit - Gypsy's Staircase
Cape Portals & Passagways Exhibit at Highfield Hall.

The show features the art of twenty-five artists from this region.The installations include a variety of disciplines that include fiber art, landscape design, bronze sculpture, glass blowing, painting and photography. The exhibit is a walking tour that starts inside the mansion and continues outside through the grounds.

Linda Hoffman’s “Tree Om” was the inspiration for the show and can be viewed on the lawn. Alfie Glover’s twelve-foot tall aluminum sculpture, ” The spirits of the Garden” can be seen in the center of the sunken garden in front of Highfield Hall.

One of the most interesting sculptures is the “Fragment House”. It is a small steel framed house and its walls are made of sea glass that is woven with wire.

Celestial Passage Walking Labyrinth:” Spirit, Space and Time” comes next. The creator and installer is Dan DiNardo who is Highfield’s director of facilities. It is located behind the mansion and it is forty feet in diameter and is a meditative walking labyrinth that is based on the geometry of the classic seven-circuit labyrinth and is complete with hewn wood seats placed at the four compass points. The seats were created by tree specialist Matt Inman in collaboration with David Chapman. Inman also created a large-scale arbor of woven sticks.

“Crystal Vision Earth Portal” was created by Cynthia Rose. It is nestled on the grounds on the “Beach Tree Path” and provides a haven for renewal and reflection. The circular rock formation with accents of crystal is designed to promote contemplation and recognition of the earth’s energy that is released through this portal.

Angela Tanner created, “A wind in the Door”. It is designed to be a fairy tale door that announces the presence of things unseen. When the door is open it allows humans and other earthly creatures to pass. When it is closed fairies and spirits and other wind born creatures can move through it. The doors panels tinkle and shimmer as evidence of their presence. The garden gate leads to the “Rhodie Dell”.

Jon Moore, a photographer who created a portal to the past. He applied vintage images of the Beebe family to stones along the path of “Rhodie Dell” for his installation titled “Spirits in the Stones, Past Presence”.

Gypsy's Staircase by Amy Ragus, part of the Portals & Passagways Exhibit at Highfield Hall through September 2014, in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.
Gypsy’s Staircase by Amy Ragus.

Connecting Tanner’s gate and  Moor’s “Past Presence” is the beautiful stone “Gypsy’s Staircase” that was designed by Amy Ragus.

In the “Rhodie Dell”, is  the very lovely, “Water study in Silk and White Pine” by Sarah Peters and “Asylum Grove”  by John Cira.

After the “Rhodie Dell”, viewers enter the “West Garden” where they are told that they  “Only Have to Change Utterly to Enter “. There they walk under Sally Mavor’s “Hither and Yon” sculpture and on to the “Beach Tree Path”. There they see “Whose Woods These Are”, by Andrea Tompson,  “Pan’s Portico” by Ben Silva and “Invasives” by Basia Goszczynska.

This is an enchanting show and one only needs his or her imagination to enjoy it completely.

The Cape Portals and Passageways Exhibit can be found at:

Highfield Hall (5 minute walk from the Palmer House Inn)
56 Highfield Dr, Falmouth, MA 02540
tel. (508) 495-1878


Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own charming retreat before and after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring the portals and passageways of Cape Cod, we recommend the Emily Dickinson roomthe Harriet Beecher Stowe room, or the Theodore Roosevelt room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, cozy fireplaces, and soothing jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Signatures Mosaic Show

By Verdonna at the Signature Mosaic Show

Signatures Mosaic Show at Falmouth’s Highfield Hall

Banner for Signature Mosaic Show in Falmouth.
Banner for Signature Mosaic Show in Falmouth.

This summer from July 10th through September 1st, Highfield Hall is hosting the Signatures Mosaic Show. It is comprised of fifteen mosaic artists who are making their mark on the world of mosaics. This is a cutting edge exhibition. The mosaics that have been selected for this exhibition represent not only a cross section of styles but also the diverse choices of materials that feature each artist’s “signature”.

About the Signatures Mosaic Show

The curator, Linda Dadak writes, “It is my hope that this exhibition will provide you with endless viewing pleasure and inspire you to not only see the mosaics around you but also seek out the many galleries and museums that feature this extraordinary Art Form.” I had a wonderful time viewing the mosaics from the show in the elegant space.

Signature Mosaic Show in hallway and room.
Hallway and room in Highfield Hall displaying mosaics.
Mosaic dresses by Susan Wechsler at the Signature Mosaic Show
Dream by Susan Wechsler

As you enter the house there are mosaics on the walls, in the halls, and above fireplaces. Each mosaic has its own space and plenty of natural light to be appreciated and enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. Highfield Hall is less than a mile and a short walk from the Palmer House.

The outstanding Signatures Mosaic Show artists are:

  • North Head Lighthouse by Carl and Sandra Bryant at the Signature Mosaic Show
    North Head Lighthouse by Carl and Sandra Bryant.

    Rachel Sager Lynch

  • Yulia Hanansen
  • Carl and Sandra Bryant
  • Sophie Drouin
  • Richard Youngstrom
  • Jim Bowen
  • Mary Dunn  Cauley
  • Verdonna
  • Betsy Redman
  • Richard Youngstrom
  • Kathryn Hmielowski
  • Sean Newton
  • Carol Shelkin
  • Amy Marks
  • Daniel Tardif
  • Linda Dadak
  • Susan Wechsler
  • Sonya King
  • Laurie Mika
  • Jo Braun
  • Julie Richey
  • Lynn Moor
  • Cynthia Fisher
By Verdonna at the Signature Mosaic Show
By Verdonna
Call of the Egg/Series #2 Surrender by Lynn Moor
Call of the Egg/Series #2 Surrender by Lynn Moor

The Curator, Linda Dadak is a Cape Cod Mosaic artist. She was responsible for bringing the first mosaic exhibition to New England in 2004 which was held at the Higgins Gallery on the campus of Cape Cod Community College. During the summer of 2011, Linda co-curated The National Mosaic Exhibition of Cape Cod at Highfield Hall  here in Falmouth. In addition to showing sixty-five works of mosaic art, she also organized gallery talks, a mosaic bus tour, and films about mosaics. These features made that exhibition popular and unique. It was the inspiration for this year’s exhibition.

Main staircase and mosaics for Signature Mosaic Show
Main staircase and mosaics.

This summer’s exhibition is also being held at Highfield Hall here in Falmouth and consists of the works of fifteen nationally and internationally known mosaics artists from around the United States.This exhibition presents some of the best work from today’s contemporary mosaic artists and will inspire you to take a closer look at the extraordinary diversity of this art form. The exhibition will show that this mosaics in the hands of this diverse group of American artists, indeed does have a distinct “Signature”.

Antique sideboard cabinet and mosaics for Signature Mosaic Show
Antique sideboard cabinet and mosaics.

During this season we had a number of the mosaic students, who were taking classes at Highfield, stay with us at the Palmer House Inn because we are located close by. They were absolutely delightful guests. It was a pleasure to chat with them during breakfast. Several of the students traveled from the western part of the country. Because they were concerned about carrying their tools on the airplane, they had their equipment shipped to the Inn ahead of time. Everything arrived in good condition and was awaiting them upon their arrival. We are hoping that the mosaic classes will be an annual event. It is truly amazing to witness how this art form has evolved and branched out in recent years.



Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own Cape charm, we recommend the Theodore Roosevelt Room for its Victorian flourishes, the Emily Dickinson Room for its New England charm, and the Richard Henry Dana Room for its nautical theme. All of three of these rooms feature king beds and jacuzzi-style tubs for complete relaxation after a wonderful day viewing the mosaics.