Makers of Award-winning Fine and Rustic Furniture
He who works with his hands
is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head
is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands, his head and his heart
is an artist.
John Gallis has been fashioning custom furniture for over forty years and has owned and designed furniture for
Norseman Designs West in Cody, Wyoming, since 1995. Since moving west from New York City, where he was chief cabinetmaker at Bloomingdale's in Manhattan
and created all their interior design specialty pieces, he has designed furniture that is displayed in Cody and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Bozeman, Montana.
John designs his pieces based on the feel of the wood, the flow of the grain and of course the customer's wishes. Thus, no two pieces are alike. Each piece is hand crafted and designed by John. He says "My style of woodworking combines the appearance of movement with sleek design to create a smooth flow that bridges the gap between décor, rooms and architecture. There's nothing like the beauty and natural grain of wood with its graceful and unassuming presence to add life to a room."
Winner of many national awards for fine western furniture and woodworking, John's work brings together imaginative sensibility and striking elegance. He can create a piece to tie together your existing decorating schemes or you can choose from his pieces on display. Or you can have him create a piece designed to your specifications. This Web site presents a sampling of the western and rustic furniture pieces that John has created over the years. Please have a look and dare to dream.
John knows it takes more than one man to run a successful business, so he has two other talented artists, Tim Goodwin and Ian Gallis, working with him.
Each brings different talents with the same goal: to provide a superior product with outstanding customer service from concept to project completion.
After working at another shop in Cody, Tim Goodwin has been at Norseman Designs West since 2002 and acts as Shop Foreman. Ian Gallis, John's older son, worked part time and weekends learning his craft in his younger years, and has been employed at Norseman full-time since 2006. "We do everything together. We all have input; it's not just me," John says.