Owen’s foundation for woodworking was established early in life, learning carpentry from his grandfather and uncle in Barbados. After moving to the states, he studied technical theater and stage carpentry at The City College of New York where he eventually became an adjunct professor and technical director of the theater and performance studios. After several years working as a stage carpenter at The Joyce Theater, he was inspired to initiate his cabinet-making business. An apprenticeship with French cabinet-maker Regis Barbier, a graduate of the prestigious Auguste Perret school, expanded his knowledge to traditions of joinery and millwork that are seldom taught in the United States.
Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, VOM Carpentry is closely connected to a network of fellow-woodworkers, fabricators, metal-workers, and other design-service providers. A licensed general contractor, VOM can implement large scale projects including the construction and installation of millwork, kitchens, libraries, and media rooms, as well as smaller freestanding furniture pieces.