Ernest Thompson

Timeless Designs and
Unsurpassed Craftsmanship

Since 1974

It takes a passionate heart, loving hands and incomparable talent to produce our heirloom quality furniture and cabinets. There are no shortcuts to perfection. Our talented craftsmen take great pride in creating one-of-a-kind,  Ernest Thompson pieces just for you. Our designs are anchored in history, creating timeless and lasting styles.  The Ernest Team are experts in incorporating and interpreting the vast history of the  Southwest. Design influences of this region, such as nature, history and culture, all contribute to the beauty of each piece.

Our Furniture Collections

Our three furniture collections represent more than 200 years of furniture making in New Mexico. The artisans of Ernest Thompson use historical techniques, with skills passed down through generations of woodworkers.  Our knowledge of this unique regional style comes from the passion, intrigue, curiosity and appreciation of the beautiful Southwest.

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Browse our latest collection of custom, one-of-a-kind furniture for each room in your home.

A History of Craftsmanship

In an era of bell bottom jeans and love beads, Ernest Thomson came into existence in the early 70’s. Ernest Thompson, a self-taught artist, began woodworking as a way to make frames for his artwork. This humble start in woodworking evolved into Ernest Thompson Furniture. By the late 80’s, Ernest found that running a furniture company on a day to day basis was not his passion. In 1989 Ernest met Mike and Doreen Godwin, Wall Streeters looking for a more relaxed lifestyle. The Godwin’s were enamored with Ernest’s designs. They recognized the craftsmanship and exquisite design elements in each piece of his furniture. In 1990, Mike and Doreen purchased the company vowing to continue and expand the legacy created by Ernest. Having no previous experience in furniture making, the Godwin’s threw themselves whole heartedly into learning the business by relying on the incredibly talented woodworkers that had been working for Ernest. Today three of those original woodworkers are still handcrafting furniture for the company.

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Designing dream kitchens and baths personalized to your needs.

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Masterfully built solutions for every room.

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In Their Words

The credenza is absolutely magnificent! I’m thrilled! This was so worth waiting for and so exceeded my expectations!

C. Crawford (Albuquerque, NM)

We are very happy with the work that you and Ernest Thompson did to manifest our dream visions into the backbone of our bedroom. Thanks again!

J. Kuhn (Salt Lake City, UT)

I just returned to the house and was ecstatic to see how the designs and finishes make the furniture a work of art. To think we did this over the internet and phone is amazing and really speaks to your skill at design and execution. Again, thank you…they are gorgeous!

P. Wotowic (Danville, CA)

Every single room in my house has Ernest Thompson furniture. When people visit me they say that they don’t feel like they’re in NY but someplace else. They are…they’re in the beautiful Southwest, thanks to all you guys at ET.

M. Gillet (Queens, NY)

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Why Ernest Thompson

Customer Service

We love helping people realize their furniture and cabinet vision, whether it’s designing a single, beautiful custom piece, or creating a stunning space in the home.

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Part of what makes each piece special is the wood choice, the texture, distress level and the finish. The size of the piece can also be altered to fit perfectly in your own personal space.

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Craftsmanship & Design

Recognized for our timeless designs and handcrafted quality, Ernest Thompson is proud of our team of designers and artisans who transform our clients concepts into breathtaking reality.

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Mountain Living Magazine features Ernest Thompson Furniture

By Ernest Thompson

We are excited to share a terrific article in the September/October 2022 Mountain Living magazine! Mike Godwin, the owner of Ernest Thompson Furniture and Cabinetry, was interviewed recently about the...

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