Our team is a collective group of talented individuals, each bringing a unique skill set to the table. They include experienced woodworkers, metal workers, specialty painters, and finishers.
The philosophy that drives this group of dedicated people is teamwork, building excellent projects, and complete customer satisfaction. We love what we do and we wear it on our shirtsleeves.
Shel Myeroff, Founder, President & Furniture Builder at CVCF
Shel Myeroff is President and Furniture Builder for Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture. After graduating from Cleveland State University as a Marketing Major, Shel spent 37 years as founder and president of Direct Recruiters in Solon Ohio. He started furniture making 15 years ago out of his garage. Since then, he has gained valuable furniture building experience through woodworking classes, reading about woodworking every day, studying under two remarkable mentors, and hands-on experience making hundreds of custom furniture projects. He never stopped building from day one. After retiring from Direct Recruiters in 2013, Shel immediately opened Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture and became a professional furniture maker. Shel’s biggest passion is helping buyers decide what they want, creating sketches that bring the furniture to life, and delivering a product that always exceeds expectations.
Vasily Barstow, Master Furniture Maker and Wood Worker
Vasily Barstow was born in Russia. Early in his career he worked making custom furniture and kitchen cabinets. When he was young, he moved to New York City where he continued his career by honing his custom furniture making skills to the point of becoming a Master Wood Worker. He joined the Chagrin Valley team in 2013 where he is still improving his already extensive skills daily.
Beth Cohen, Professional Furniture Painter and Designer
Beth Cohen has been a professional designer/painter in the Cleveland area for over 30 years. She received her BFA in Illustration and Design from The Cleveland Institute of Art. Beth has extraordinary ability in helping clients fulfill their vision of how they want each piece to be uniquely “theirs”.
From one-of-a-kind textures, faux and custom designed patterns, to the ability to see the “color in the color”, each piece has its own signature. Beth is able to guide her clients to their desired finishes with their input, her experience, and make it all work with current or envisioned settings in their home.
So imagine your custom furniture piece can look like anything…start anywhere, go everywhere, anything is possible…and know at any time you are part of the design team. This is more than painted furniture…it’s you.
Rickey Tanno, Metal Worker and Designer
Rickey Tanno grew up the son of an artisan who was also the son of an artisan. I guess that you could say he came by his craft naturally. While his father and grandfather were primarily jewelers, Rickey’s interest and abilities went into larger projects. He was trained in automotive bodywork and upholstery, and later in all things welding.
His work and creative energy is now in combinations of metal art and unique steel construction.
“My metal projects are the physical manifestations of my soul. I assure you that a lot of blood, sweat and tears go into each piece.”
Hank Shulte, Furniture Maker
Hank Shulte graduated from John Carroll University as a teacher with special studies in Industrial Arts. He worked for over 25 years as an Industrial Arts teacher at Beachwood High School in Beachwood Ohio where he taught students CAD Drawing, Photography, Computers, and Shop. Hank came to CVCF four years ago and applied his wood working skills to assist our Master Furniture Makers.
Zack Shulte, Wood Working and Furniture Making Apprentice
Zack Shulte joined the Chagrin Valley team in 2014, having two prior years as a finish carpenter. He has a degree in business from the University of Arizona. Zack assists and studies under our Master Furniture Makers. Zack is a student of the wood working business who is working hard to one day become a Master Furniture Maker himself.