After High School graduation, Martin Thomson went to work for Western Woodcraft in San Francisco where he learned his trade. In 1973, after 13 years at the only company he had ever worked for, he went into business for himself. Martin worked out of his five-car garage for 3 years before he bought a building, in 1977, on Bay Road in Redwood City. This is when he began to take on commercial work.
In 1981, when the Redwood City sight became too small, Thomson rented a space in Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco. During this time, Michael Thomson, Martin’s son, graduated from Serra High School in San Mateo and came into the family business full time. Since then, the two Thomsons have been involved in all aspects of the business—handling the machines, layouts, installations, and bidding for jobs.
In 2006, after more than 25 years at Hunters Point, the Navy closed the shipyard and Quality Craftsman moved to the present address at 2170 Cesar Chavez Street.Quality Craftsman is proud to be in business for 35 years and between the two Thomsons, they hope to be in business for another 35 years!