About Us

Wooden trunks and chests, from the most simple wooden box to an extravagant limited edition trunk, are perhaps the most universal and enduring form of furniture; they have been with us throughout recorded history. Not only holding history, but valued possessions. Once this piece of furniture is in your family it will always be a valued heirloom.

Chuck’s Woodbarn is owned and operated by Chuck and Sherry Zeller who specialize in the lost art of steam bending wood to create beautiful hand crafted wooden trunks and chests. Sometimes also called camel back trunks or steamer trunks, they are a true family heirloom, a unique work of art, and no two are alike. Emphasis is put on fine craftsmanship and quality construction. We personally design and construct our handmade custom chests from the beginning jigs to finalizing with finishing the interiors.

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“I get to do what I love each day which is create handcrafted pieces of art. We craft each piece to fit your needs, so you get a one-of-a-kind handcrafted work that is unique to you and how you use it. ”


What We've Achieved

Chuck Zeller was awarded the “Best of Show, New Artist” for his handcrafted wooden trunk at the Western Art Showcase in Calgary. Chuck received a ribbon, a certificate, and a Calgary Stampede Western Art Showcase silver belt buckle.

The Western Art Showcase is an exclusive premier event which promotes Western Culture through the presentation of saleable, quality and original Western Art.

The event concentrates on presenting well-known western artists whose work is indicative of the heritage and grandeur of the West. Celebrating its 30th year, the Western Art Showcase is one of the strongest Art Shows in North America.