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John Packard - Packard Cabinetry Owner

My name is John Packard, owner and founder of Packard Cabinetry. As a young man after college, I backpacked through Europe and the Middle East. It was on this journey I developed a passion to be a furniture maker.

Upon my return, my first goal was to find a master craftsman, learn the traditional woodworking skills, and make a life. With my wife Rae, we found the beautiful village of Sea Cliff on the north coast of Long Island, where we would settle and raise a family.

In 1977, we opened our cabinet business in Sea Cliff, New York and have since opened two locations in North Carolina.


I apprenticed for master Ake Tugel to learn centuries-old techniques in working with the finest domestic and exotic woods. Additionally, we restored classic American and European antiques and built furniture, instruments, and learned the art of cabinetmaking.


Original New York showroom at night 1970’s.



I opened up my own business and set out to bring good design and pleasure into people’s lives as John C Packard Cabinetmaker at 266 Sea Cliff Ave in Sea Cliff, New York.


Our first branded company tshirts were made.


I expanded operations, hired help and became John C Packard Cabinetmakers with an international team of apprentices.

1979 – 1984

We were making furniture and cabinetry for the most discerning New York clients including Yoko Ono Lennon. Additionally, we were restoring furniture for collectors including the Museum of American Crafts and Sotheby’s.

1984 – 1985

Rae Packard joins staff.


Rae Packard becomes a CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer) and officially opens our kitchen design division.


We made speakers for Michael Jackson when he married Lisa Marie Presley.


We moved to a larger retail space at 232 Sea Cliff Ave and proceeded to restore this historical building to be a showroom, displaying cabinetry styles, finishes, and textured woods.


Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine.


We expanded by bringing in additional designers and introduced CAD technology and photorealistic renderings.


Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine again.


We became a dealer of The Galley Workstation.


We developed a partnership with Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry in both Asheville and New York.


We renovated our Sea Cliff showroom to include new displays of our name-brand partners.


Packard Cabinetry, Sea Cliff, New York celebrates 40 years in business.


Packard Cabinetry enters Sub-Zero Wolf international design competition with 10 outstanding designs from the last two years.


Packard Cabinetry of Hendersonville moves to a new renovated showroom at 416 South King Street, Hendersonville, NC.


In 2021 Packard Cabinetry opened up a showroom in Mebane, NC, located in the triangle region of NC; to service builders and residential homes.

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