Category: What’s New

Welcome to our blog, where you can learn “What’s New” at Smith & Vallee, including recent projects and news about our woodworking business and the local Edison community.

Kivalina, Alaska Community Center: An Alaskan Village Relocation Project

Jade Craftsman Builders, a green-building contractor based out of South Whidbey Island familiar with our residential cabinetry work, invited us to participate in a unique project off the remote Northwest coast of Alaska. Kivalina is on the southern tip of a 7.5 mile long barrier island located between the Chukchi Sea and a lagoon at […]

Heliotrope Hotel: A New Venture

Smith & Vallee is a partner in the recently renovated Heliotrope Hotel in Bellingham, WA. Join us for the opening party, Saturday May 13, 4-8PM. More about this project from the Heliotrope Hotel Blog: The Heliotrope Hotel emerges from a passion for Bellingham and the Pacific Northwest. The Heliotrope is locally owned, aiming for authenticity […]


Beds, vanities, shelves, closets and kitchenettes are being built in our shop here in Edison, and installed in phases by our crew in Bellingham.  This is an 18 unit project with exclusively Smith & Vallee designed and built cabinetry and platform beds. Stay tuned for “the hub” portion of this project.  A live edge bar […]

Mid-Century-Modern Project: Sneak Peak 1

Assembled in the shop today was one of 18 of these simple and modern europly platform beds with built in floating nightstands. Eighteen beds you ask? Yes – and so much more cabinetry and furniture to come in the next few weeks. We’ll keep you posted as this exciting mid-century-modern project unfolds.

Smith & Vallee Goes Solar

At Smith & Vallee, production for our cabinets, furniture, mill and kiln happens within a triad of industrial buildings and a lumber yard here in the north end of Edison. Owners Wes Smith and Andrew Vallee both live within walking distance of work, and several of our employees were born and raised here, settling back […]

Salvaged Sequoia Live Edge Counter Install: Samish Bay Cheese

Just down the road from our shop in Edison is Bow – and in the heart of Bow is the working dairy farm of Samish Bay Cheese. They recently expanded their deli counter and cheese tasting room, and sought out Smith and Vallee to build their live edge counter. The counter is wrapped in recycled […]

Sealaska Custom Conference Table

Smith & Vallee had the opportunity to participate in one tree’s journey from the ancestral homelands of the Haida, Tlingit, and Tsimshian natives of Southeast Alaska to our shop in Edison, WA.  We milled, kiln dried, and built a 21 foot long conference table out of this giant Sitka Spruce. Our first attempt to cut […]

Inside the Shop: The WWU President’s Office

The team created furniture last month for the President’s office at WWU. “It’s a pretty cool feeling to know that something I made will be in there,” said Shop Manager Evan Grimes. The project consists of a desk, coffee table, hutch for the office and a display cabinet for the waiting room. “All of it […]