Black Locust Craftsmen is a small artisan construction company, located in Burlington, VT. We work with clients to meet their unique design and building needs. Intentionally small, our focus is to work on one project at a time. You can expect clear communication, transparency, respect and time-honored craftsmanship - the driving principles of Black Locust Craftsmen.

Our work includes solid wood cabinetry and furniture, custom kitchens and vanities, built-ins, architectural elements, fine finish work, historic and modern porches and outdoor living spaces. Attention to detail is paramount. Your project emerges out of a collaboration between us – design, build, complete.


Nate Plasha is a woodworker who has been building in Chittenden County since  2007. His building process is informed by traditional machine and hand tool techniques, honesty of materials and a focus on wood species of New England. Late Victorianism, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Classic Modernism are starting points for his design perspective. Whether providing aesthetic pleasure, contemplation, efficiency or utility, he believes in the art of time-honored craftsmanship, and brings a focus of head, hands, and heart to his projects. Nate brings a timeless integrity as an Artisan. He collaborates with clients to produce aesthetically functional spaces that accommodate each clients quirky preferences. He helps people understand how a specific approach can enhance or detract from the desired effect. To this end, his love and knowledge of woodworking shines.

Nate has been living in Burlington, VT since 1997. When not building for others, he can be found making furniture for his family, portaging through Adirondack canoe trails, or riding his classic motorcycle through Vermont’s mountain passes.



All projects start with a site visit, during which we determine your project’s scope, time frame, and budgetary constraints. This meeting serves to establish a vision for your project. As we progress, you can expect responsiveness and clear communication.

We embrace a sustainable building approach, preferring to use local resources and craftspeople. This allows us to reinvest in our vibrant local economy.
Just like building, design can be detail-rich or simple and concise. The extent is determined by your project. Having a clear vision and plan enables everyone involved to see exactly what it is we are building. Typically, design work is part of the overall project cost.

Most of our work is within an hour radius of Burlington, however, we do make exceptions for special projects in New England. 



We are quite comfortable in all aspects of Residential Home construction and renovation. However, our specialty is to focus on the detail rich areas of the home. We excell at solid wood furniture and cabinetry, kitchens and vanities, built-ins, architectural, and fine finish work. We will design with you, build in our shop and install into your home. 

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