Allen Carstensen

Master Woodworker | General Contractor

UnknownAllen Carstensen began his career in woodworking over forty years ago in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York. This idyllic location, with its rolling vineyards and abundance of exquisite hardwoods such as maple, cherry, white and red oak, beech and hickory, served as the backdrop to his education in the craft.

Allen has built and remodeled dozens of homes in the region. Sometimes Allen works with his wife, registered architect Christine Carstensen, AIA, applying her years of expertise on the design side. Whether it’s new residential construction and renovation, quality hardwood custom cabinetry, design/built furniture or one-of-a-kind wood-turned objects, West Hill Woods is the right choice.

One project of particular importance is the Keuka Lake cottage Allen designed and began building in 1978. This family home just steps from the shore is a masterwork. Nearly every surface is made of local hardwoods. It’s shelves serve as a gallery for many of Allen’s unique turned objects — bowls, vases and dishes. Today the cottage can be rented. Learn more


23 Strowbridge St

Trumansburg, NY 14886

Telephone: (607) 273-2186


We have specialized in new residential construction and renovation for over 20 years. Design/Build offers our clients efficiency of design and lower overall project cost. Our most valuable team member is registered Architect, Christine Carstensen, AIA. Christine is great at designing homes, new kitchen, bath, and office spaces, and has worked with Allen Carstensen on the details of the cabinetry and furniture.


I began turning wood about 20 years ago, and became hooked.  It’s a great creative outlet for me. At the time I owned and operated a Woodmizer portable sawmill, and so had access to large quantities of gorgeous native hardwoods. When I put a rough blank of wood on the lathe and begin turning, I get a sense of instant gratification as a bowl takes shape.  It’s very similar to a potter forming a lump of clay, which my mother used to do when I was young.



Shop location

1538 Mecklenburg Road
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA

Home address

23 Strowbridge St.,Trumansburg, NY 14886
Telephone: (607) 273-2186