Our cabinet shop is located in the rural borough of Schwenksville Pennsylvania, twenty miles northwest of Philadelphia in historic Montgomery County. We have a particular passion for building American tall-case clocks, but also traditional furniture and custom cabinetry. However, our greatest satisfaction is our ongoing relationship with existing clients and working with new customers in what it means to own hand-made furniture. – James S. Shott
Jim Shott of Schwenksville has been a cabinetmaker and wood craftsman for almost his entire life. He is a fourth generation cabinetmaker. His talent is rare and exceptional. Jim specializes in fine reproduction furniture and, for the past fifteen years, tall case clocks. The clocks are inspired by actual clockmakers who lived and worked from 1750 -1830.
Another area Jim excels in is Pennsylvania Reproduction Furniture. “I grew up with antiques and I just love the 18th century era,” Jim shares. “Every piece of furniture I make is custom and constructed using time-honored techniques. From start to finish, the details and concentration is on the quality and integrity of the piece.”
The first commission Shott received was decades ago, and was a Pennsylvania blanket chest. Since then, he has built tables, desks, spice chests, high boys and tea tables. His furniture is nationally recognized and is sold in fine retail establishments in the Northeast, as well as in his Schwenksville shop. There are now pieces of Jim’s work from Maine to Miami to California. The progression to tall case clocks was due to a loyal customer that was interested in them. Jim then decided to give it a try, and he built his first clock. The clock was so impressive and beautifully constructed, that The Perkiomen Clock Company built and sold 10 clocks in its first year. Each clock is built using the finest materials and David Lindow’s renowned American-made movements with handpainted dials that are works of art. Each clock takes approximately three to four months to complete.
The Perkiomen Clock Company achieved its greatest honor in the spring of 2004,
when the Thomas Jefferson Foundation commissioned Jim Shott to build an authentic reproduction of the tall case clock that once stood inMonticello – home of Thomas Jefferson. The original clock was built in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Shott’s clock stands today at Monticello for the myriad of visitors to admire.
When you visit Jim in his shop, you might notice two things that are always present. Music on the radio and the presence of his grandfather. \”There are just so many similarities in our working lives that he is always there in the back of my mind.” From his hand tools, to his antique mortise machine in the showroom and his photos over the workbench, \”He\’s always there making sure I do my best.\”