Ruud Vekemans

Ruud Vekemans has spent over 30 years creating gorgeous objects in wood. In his native country The Netherlands, he specialized in building boats and custom woodwork on (sail)yachts, fitting out their lush, custom wood exteriors and interiors.

Since relocating to northern Vermont in 2007, Ruud has concentrated on custom commissions for furniture, built-ins and architectural elements - as well as fitting out a house for himself and his wife Charlotte.

He works from Colchester, where he has a woodworking shop in house with Red House Building.

Ruud (pronounced like "root" with a rolled "r"), will be happy to talk with you about commissions for furniture, architectural structures, built-ins and cabinetry, or any fine wood projects.


All sail yachts shown in his portfolio, are designed by "Hoek Design" i( in Edam, and built by "Claasen Jachtbouw" ( in Zaandam, The Netherlands. This ship yard is one of the companies that he subcontracted for from 1987 until 2007.

Other shipyards/boatbuilders in The Netherlands, that he has subcontracted/worked for include:

  • Holland Jachtbouw (
  • Ruud Tuijnman Jachtbetimmeringen
  • Combi Jachtbouw, Enkhuizen (
  • Arne Zeeman, Enkhuizen (
  • Joost Kleiss, Purmerend

Staircase for Roslyn House Partially freestanding staircase Walnut and butternut staircase Newel posts and railings Custom 14 foot oak doors White Oak spiral and standard staircases Media room cabinets Sunroom china and media cabinets Marine style cherry media cabinet Mission Style White Oak Media Cabinet Marine Style Cherry Office Ensemble Mission Style White Oak Office Ensemble Walnut desk Wardrobe Murphy bed Maple vanity Powder Room Vanity Ocean-going traditional sailing yacht Dutch Leeboard Sailing Boat