Josef Otmar V was born in Sydney, Australia in 1956. He first studied under his fathers tutelage, then he received his formal education in Denmark. Returning to the United States his trade experiences range from building guitars to managing manufacturing and retail operations. Realizing his dream to design and build his own products, he founded his business in 1992 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Today his company produces some of the world's finest wooden functional art and furnishings
Josef in the studio
A Little About Us
As the local cabinetmakers in a small mountain village in the Czech Republic, our roots extend back five generations. The trade being passed from Father to son. Coming to America in 1959 the tradition continues today much as it did in the mid-1800's with dedication to detail and superb craftsmanship.
During this renaissance period in our trade it is precisely our understanding of traditional construction methods and design principles that make us stand out. This allows us to make use of the latest advances in materials and techniques. Keeping with the finest traditions of our craft we live up to our motto daily. That everything we make is "Handcrafted from the Heart". ™
St. Josef Patron saint of woodworkers
St. Josef is the patron saint of all wood workers. We look to him as an example of loving and dedication to faith and family.
Our Benchmark, like almost everything that we do is filled with symbolism. The Three initials JOV stand for Josef Otmar the Fifth. As they together form the word JOY a reflection of how we feel about our work.