|Shadowhill has been working in homes and businesses in
Dayton, Cincinnati and the Miami Valley for 20 years.
Shadowhill is driven by the craftsmanship of Richard
Wallis, an artisan with 24 years of experience, with a family
tradition of woodworking that dates to 1859 when his
German ancestors settled in the walked from Maryland, an
actual Journeyman, has been passed from generation to
generation. His grandfather, who over the course of his life
owned a flower farm and as a semi-pro golfer was a club
pro who also was a course designer, once made a set of
golf clubs and a display cabinet to house them that was
placed in the White House for president Warren Harding.
Richard began accumulating experience after completing
six years of active service in the U.S.Navy. He began
working with wood professionally,continuing an interest
that began as a hobby in the foothills outside of Santa
Moving back to Dayton in 1986 he worked various jobs
before beginning a six and a half year stint at Taylor
Brothers Architectural Antiques. Working under the
direction of Glen Taylor he gained an in depth knowledge of
modern as well as turn of the century woodworking
techniques as Dayton's renovation of historical districts
reached it's peak. Taylor Brothers, which soon became 3rd
Street Workshop, has also done a large amount of work in
some of the regions premiere homes including 4
Homearamas, Tara Falls West and some of the first, as well
as current, developments in the Springboro region.
Shadowhill opened it's doors in 1996. Having gone from
practicing a craft in a spare room at home we are now
operating in a facility of 6,000 square feet in the historic
Though we began with a solid background in custom
woodwork we are constantly re-evaluating our work and
looking towards improving our skills and capabilities.
Currently we are working to improve our finish work and
making our pieces look naturally aged. As we have
developed, from craftsmen to artisan, we have also honed
our design skills as well. We have learned from mistakes in
design from subcontracting and observing projects
performed by other shops.