Design Against The Grain

Design Against The Grain

Niall McKeown

I was born and raised in Derry, Northern Ireland.
(Most people know Derry from the U2 song, "Sunday Bloody Sunday").

My dream and focus growing up was to get a woodworking apprenticeship with one of the two top companies in Northern Ireland. I got into JJ Higgins' in June, 1979. My learning, discovery (and obsession) with woodwork grew from there. A five year apprenticeship taught me more time was needed working beside more high caliber woodworkers. I got to fulfill that dream when I moved to America in 1987.

Once in the US, I had the privilege to work with some of the finest woodworkers in the business:

Doug and Suzy Carr:
Owners of The Woodn' Car, specializing in woodie station wagons

Nick Nicholson:
VP of the Woodworking Institute of California, owner of Nicholson Wood Products

Jet Craft:
company that built cabinetry for multi million dollar private jets .

In 1999 I started my own business, McKeown Design, doing custom woodwork and cabinetry with an emphasis on unique design.

I live and work mostly in the South Bay region of Southern California - Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo