Utah Historic Mormon Cabinet Shop – Salt Lake City Tours
The Dinwoodey Cabinet and Chair Shop was originally built in Salt Lake City in 1858 and replicated for This Is The Place Heritage Park in 1995. Mormon pioneers weren’t able to bring much furniture with them across the Mormon Trail, so skilled woodworkers like Henry Dinwoodey were essential members of pioneer society. These craftsmen learned to adapt their work to the softer woods and different conditions found in Utah. Imitating the styles of the eastern hardwoods with the native white pine, aspen, cottonwood, and box elder timber, they used faux finish to paint and grain their products to look like hardwoods and marble.