Heritage and History

Terry Willows is a third generation craftsman who carries a reputation of skill and excellence passed on from his father Daniel Willows, and grandfather William Willows.

William Willows emigrated from England and established the Willows tradition of Canadian craftsmanship and hard work. New to the country he worked on post and beam structures for the city of London. William life was cut short when he fell from a post and beam structure, but he lived just long enough to pass on the tradition of fine woodworking to his son Daniel.

Daniel Willows became a patternmaker where he perfected the art of wood carving. Daniel worked for a London firm creating precise wooden patterns that would be used to make molds for intricate machine parts. In his late 20’s he was pursued by the London Board of Education to set up a woodwork program and shop for a new, state of the art high school of 1000 plus students. After the success of Westminster High he was asked to do the same for a 3000 plus school where he designed 3 shops and major wood working program. He spent the next 25 years at Saunders Secondary preparing hundreds students for apprenticeships’ in woodworking trades. He retired at 55 and returned to his love for carving.

Both of Daniel’s sons took up the mantle of craftsmen. Dan Jr. has been building post and beam homes in Ontario for 25 years. Terry opened Willow Tree Cabinet Company 22 years ago striving to perfect the art of cabinetry. To this day the tradition continues and Willowtree Cabinet Company brings you a wealth of history and knowledge in cabinetry.