Jeff Gaffney moved from San Francisco to Mid-Coast Maine in 1983, and got his start with finish carpentry. Three years working alongside real craftspeople (boatbuilders, luthiers, furniture makers, working as house carpenters) gave him a good foundation in the trade to bring back to the west coast in 1986. Santa Cruz for a bit, then 13 years in Portland Oregon, making furniture and subcontracting with local high end residential contractors. Returning to the Bay Area in 2000, Jeff worked with Peninsula Custom Homes and Plath & Co prior to creating Clayton Woodworks with Carl Robertson.
Jeff manages Clayton Woodwork's sales, estimating, and human resources.
Carl Robertson is a third-generation builder and native of South Carolina. His strong desire to build and create are natural byproducts of growing up immersed in the family business of custom residential construction. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Georgia and afterwards began an apprenticeship at Design Woodworks building custom cabinets, doors, windows and staircases.
In October of 2002 he set out for the west coast in search of new builder experiences. Originally destined for Bellingham, WA to learn timber framing, an opportunity arose to perform a kitchen remodel in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. The success of that remodel led him to stay in the bay area.
Carl worked for six years as a Superintendent for Plath & Company before forming a partnership with Jeff Gaffney to create Clayton Woodworks, Inc. He oversees field operations, quality control and scheduling, and works closely with Superintendents and site foremen, architects and designers to trouble-shoot design details.
Clayton Woodworks, Inc. is comprised of a talented group of carpenters from a diversity of back grounds. They all share a passionate regard for finish carpentry and a desire to take on challenging projects. We are fortunate to have a crew that brings a respectful, safe and conscientious attitude to each project.