About Us

Oxbow Design Build is committed to a set of guiding principles that direct our business decisions and policies. We refer to these ideologies as ARCS, representing Aesthetics, Resiliency, Community, and Sustainability.

Aesthetics

We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and attention to detail. Our shop is a creative and innovative environment, where the quality of our work is held in the highest regard.

Resiliency

As a small business transitioning into a worker-owned co-op, we are committed to creating a just and equitable workplace. We recognize that our team-members are the backbone and driving force behind the success of the company as a whole. Our principles are rooted in the ideals of co-operation, mutuality. and solidarity.

Community

We are devoted to supporting, serving, and empowering the many communities in which we are a part in accordance with co-operative values and principles.

Sustainability

As part of our commitment to the continued health of the environment, we take a holistic approach to sustainable building and fabrication practices.

 

We value the many communities that we are a part of, and are proud to participate in the continued revitalization of the Easthampton Pleasant Street Mill District. Our location in the Mill District puts us close to a number of shops with which we have developed a collaborative relationship, and we are devoted to sourcing materials and services locally whenever possible. As members of the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives, an integrated network of co-ops committed to the growth of our local economy and the facilitation of other worker co-operatives, we are constantly aiming to build a sustainable, local, and worker-centered economy. 

Here are just a few of the local businesses we work with.

B&M Electric

Bobby Wyckmanzzz

Bradford Woodworking

Brick Co-Workshop

Collective Copies

Cowls Building Supply

Cummington Supply

F.W. Webb

Fleury Lumber

Florence Bank

Foster Farrar True Value Hardware

Invisible Cities Apiary

Leader Home Centers

Manchester True Value Hardware

Mountain Base Machine Co

Paradise Copies

Ponders Hollow Custom Moldings

Prime Plywood

Puffer Printing

R&L Sheet Metal

Stone Soup Concrete

Sullivan Metals

Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives

West Side Finishing

We are fully insured and hold the following licenses:
  • Chris Millette: Home Improvement Contractor (# 186013), Lead Safe Renovator-Supervisor
  • Carl Woodruff: Home Improvement Contractor (# 186013), Construction Supervisor License (CS-109983)
  • Noah Modie: Massachusetts Registered Architect

We are currently working with The Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives on converting into a worker-owned co-op. 

Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In this tradition, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.

The principles of a cooperative, as defined by the International Cooperative Alliance, are as follows:

1. Voluntary and Open Membership

Co-operatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

2. Democratic Member Control

Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.

3. Member Economic Participation

Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

4. Autonomy and Independence

Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.

5. Education, Training and Information

Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

6. Co-operation among Co-operatives

Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

7. Concern for Community

Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

For more information, please visit the ICA website.

Team Members

Chris Millette

Member-Owner
Chris Millette was born and raised in Northampton, right here in the Pioneer Valley. He brings over ten years of experience in carpentry and fine art to our team. Chris received a BFA in sculpture and printmaking from Alfred University in 2008. To learn more about sustainable lifestyles and construction, Chris moved to Italy for a number of years where he worked on organic farms and learned traditional building techniques. He has recently completed a Master’s degree in Design & Historic Preservation at UMass Amherst, furthering his commitment to sustainable re-use of existing buildings. His artistic background, creative problem-solving, and attention to detail are all valuable assets to our partnership. Chris is a licensed Home Improvement Contractor (# 186013) and a licensed Lead-Safe Renovator-Supervisor.

Carl Woodruff

Member-Owner
Carl is a vetted fabricator in a wide range of mediums. Upon completion of his AA in sculpture at the age of 18, Carl immediately entered the professional world of building. He now has over ten years of professional experience working as a fabricator and project manager. Carl has spent the last six years primarily managing high-budget, singular projects in New York City as a lead fabricator. He spent much of his time in NYC working with CNC machinery and other advanced fabrication techniques. Prior to and while residing in NYC, Carl was instrumental in projects ranging from conventional residential construction to the installation of large scale commercial alternative energy systems. Most of these projects have been community-driven endeavors with a clear focus on sustainable, efficient, and ethical building. His experience with advanced fabrication techniques, material properties, and project management are all valuable assets to our partnership. Carl is a licensed Home Improvement Contractor (# 186013) and a licensed Construction Supervisor (CS-109983).

Noah Modie

Member-Owner
Noah is a Massachusetts registered Architect who has geared his practice towards advanced digital fabrication, building information modeling, and prefabrication, all with an eye toward creating a more sustainable and aesthetically pleasing built environment at a lower cost. He has designed at a wide variety of scales and for an extremely diverse array of programs and received his Master of Architecture degree at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Emily Deutchman

Furniture Maker
Emily Deutchman, a fine artist turned furniture maker, studied furniture design and fabrication at the Center of Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME. Her paintings have been featured in New York Magazine and The Huffington Post. She has worked with a number of artists including William Pope L. and Ellen Frank, and most recently spent two years working as a furniture conservation technician at Fine Wood Conservation in New York. A design addict, Emily is also a marketing and media enthusiast, heading up our social media and web presence.

Stan Zygo

Fabricator and Machine Operator

Meng Hok

Site and Shop Fabricator