Our Story

Pacific Millworks is a father, son operation focused on providing the  highest quality custom wood products and services.  Richard Blackburn  and his son Ryan have over 50 years of combined woodworking experience.   

Richard began his woodworking career when he inherited his  grandmother's carving tools.  In 1972 he started "Woods & Works" in  downtown Santa Barbara, California.  In 1976 Richard moved to Idaho.   After 10 years in Sun Valley, building furniture and cabinets, Richard  decided to move the family and business he had started back to  California.  When he stumbled across San Luis Obispo county, he knew he  had found somewhere special.  In 1986, Pacific Millworks opened up shop  in Morro Bay, California and began to focus on custom doors and  millwork.

Ryan grew up tinkering in the shops scrap pile and sweeping up  to earn his weekly allowance.  He began working in the shop part time  through high school and college.  After graduating from the Industrial  Technology department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2002, Ryan started  working full time at Pacific Millworks.  

In 2003, Pacific Millworks expanded to its current larger, more  modern woodworking facility in Atascadero, California.  This current  location features a variety of large, and state of the art wood milling  equipment, including a 5'x10' CNC (computer numerical control) router.  This facility, along with two other skilled employees, has increased the quality, tolerances, and scope of work  that Pacific Millworks is able to produce. 

In 2008, Ryan became a partner in the  family business.  Now the two work together designing, building and  overseeing all of Pacific Millworks custom projects. 

When not in the shop getting dusty, Ryan and Richard can be  found surfing, mountain biking and spending time with their families  around the beautiful coast of central California, which they call home.   Pacific Millworks is their vision of a small, customer-oriented  business, dedicated to the traditions of craftsmanship, quality and  creativity that are missing in much of todays products. 

And if you were wondering, Ryan's great-grandmother's carving  tools are still in use when hand-carved projects come through the doors  at Pacific Millworks.