Welcome to Dean Burris Woodworking aka Kensington Woodworks.

My work is currently on exhibit at Abrams-Claghorn Gallery on Solano Avenue in Albany, Ca. Feel free to stop by.

You can also check out my Etsy store. There is not much there, but I will be populating it soon.

Here is also a link to a board of some of my work on Pinterest.


Raised in New York’s Greenwich Village during the 1960’s, my early years were spent soaking in the artistic environment of that unique time and place. Music was everywhere, and I spent 16 years making my living as a professional pianist.

I decided to move to California in 1989, and discovered computer programming, which became my day job. I started experimenting with furniture-making in my down time. Woodworking soon became my main passion. I’ve always loved creating things, and the attention to detail that it requires reminds me of music. Having a beautiful object after working on something for many days or weeks gives a great sense of accomplishment.

All the wood I use is found in local woodpiles; I salvage and reclaim wood from trees that were already felled, and am always looking for interesting grain and bark to incorporate into my designs. My woodworking shop is in my garage. I’ve been working there since 2003, and for the last five years have focused almost exclusively on woodturning.

In 2015, I decided to say goodbye to my engineering career and devote myself full-time to woodworking. Please feel free to email me with any questions, suggestions, or custom requests.

Sample Work

Sample Woodturning

Live Edge Cherry Bowl
Live Edge Cherry Bowl
Reclaimed Redwood Ring Bowl
Reclaimed Redwood Ring Bowl