We build with the mind and from the heart.


Artisan Millshop is a specialty custom millwork studio based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 2001 by designer and woodworker John Busch, we serve clients worldwide. In business to build things that matter, we satisfy our souls through meaningful, relevant, honest, and memorable work.





Our fine custom furniture, architectural millwork, and interior elements are built with integrity and shaped by human hands at our studio.

Inspired by traditional woodworking methods and precision craftsmanship, we create details for homes, restaurantshotels, commercial spaces, and educational environments that reflect our clients' vision and our distinctive aesthetic of pared-down simplicity.

The work of Artisan Millshop is routinely specified by international designers and architects and has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects. We've earned awards including the Associated Builders & Contractors 2012 Award of Excellence, and been humbled to see our projects featured in publications including Conde Nast's TravelerUS WeeklyNew Orleans Magazine, and The Times Picayune. Our work has also been included on New Orleans' Faubourg Marigny Home Tour.  Artisan Millshop's in-place installation on an award-winning project with Landis Construction and Trapolin-Peer Architects is featured on the cover of Louisiana Landmarks Society's Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.  We are very excited to have participated in building interior elements in tandem with The Johnson Studio in Atlanta, GA for The Hyatt Regency - Polaris Coupe Club which was nominated for the 2015 design et al International Hotel and Property Awards under Global Restaurant within a Hotel category.

At the end of the day, we're doing what we love. And our mission — building with the mind and from the heart — is at the core of everything we do.

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More than a name or logo, the Artisan Millshop brand is the experience people have with our artisans, our products, and our processes.

On every job, our focus centers on enduring relationships, outstanding service, and unrivaled quality — enabling us to sustain our art without shortcuts or compromise.

Signifying accuracy and attention to detail, our logo represents a woodworker's square, the pitch of a roof, a treetop, and a precisely cut joint or window jamb.

It speaks quietly to our exacting standards and commitment to integrity, while reflecting the unbreakable bond between art and craft.

We're proud of our brand and grateful for our marketing partners at thINK and Rappenship.





We build with the mind and from the heart.


We take no shortcuts.

We believe that good design is equal parts thoughtful planning, attention to detail, skillful performance, and mutual respect.

We honor ourselves and our clients by managing the business with integrity and the highest ethical standards.

We invest in the best people, equipment, and techniques to provide unparalleled value and solutions to our clients' challenges.

We continually challenge ourselves in an attempt to better one another and those around us.

We believe that the reward for hard work is more work.


To set the standard for quality, innovation, and consistency in custom and reproduction architectural millwork and furniture elements.

To sustain and promote the art of traditional millwork through unparalleled attention to detail, methods and materials which respect the craft, and the application of modern innovations that improve our results.

To satisfy our souls in the quest to perform meaningful, relevant, honest, and memorable work in a challenging and creative environment.

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At Artisan Millshop, we're grounded in a philosophy of character and craft. 

We adhere to Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards and regulations and believe that conservation and social responsibility begin on the studio floor. We keep our inventories intentionally lean, and work to minimize waste in our processes and materials. Door-to-door delivery of nearly everything leaving the shop limits our carbon footprint, while ensuring the integrity of our products from workbench to installation.

We use FSC-certified lumber whenever possible, and our suppliers provide us with sustainably harvested hardwoods representing the top tier of available materials. All our pieces are built using traditional joinery and time-honored methods, promising generations of use while consuming fewer resources and avoiding the landfill fate of their mass-produced counterparts.

Recycling and Repurposing

In a woodshop, waste is inevitable. To minimize its effect on our environment, we repurpose however we can:

Cutoffs and wood scraps are given to local artists for their pursuits, or donated to those in need.

Wood chips go to the community garden next door, making terrific mulch and compost.


Our architectural millwork and custom pieces are built to withstand everyday use for generations. Remember, though, that wood is a natural substance. Finished projects will undergo changes in moisture content and dimension depending on the humidity and temperature of the surrounding air. Similarly, a board's knots, grain, color, and texture should not be considered flaws, but instead as the "fingerprints" which enhance its beauty and uniqueness.


Everything leaving Artisan Millshop is guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship. Proper installation and care of your products will ensure a lifetime of functional use. We guarantee proper installation of our products when performed in full by our skilled team and according to contract specifications. We cannot be responsible for installation difficulties or resulting damage to our products when performed independently of Artisan Millshop.

In an effort to facilitate proper installation by independent contractors, Artisan Millshop provides detailed written installation instructions upon request.