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He learned the craft — and met Eric, his co-fabricator — while managing the City Joinery in Dumbo for the last year and a half. (It recently relocated to Massachussetts.) “Building with solid wood is very different from using plywood,” Houtenbos says. “Just the wood alone for these wardrobes cost $7,000, but one of the nice things we were able to do is make all three front faces from the same 300-year-old curly walnut tree.”