Justin Johnson is co-owner of Arrowhead Designs, a custom furniture and fabrication business. Growing up in the fabrication shop run by his father, a mechanical engineer, Justin was exposed to the gamut of metalworking tools and skills from a very early age. Justin left his home outside of Greensboro to attend NC State’s Engineering school. Feeling unsettled in Engineering, Justin ultimately graduated with a degree in Textile Brand Management. At that point, fabrication had receded in his mind, and Justin did a short stint at a digital marketing firm before leaving that, and his schooling, behind to take a job cooking in a restaurant.
While cooking, Justin was able to explore his passion for working with his hands to produce the best quality products he could. In the meantime, Justin rediscovered metalwork in the process of breathing life back into an old Harley Davidson. Steel fabrication increasingly spoke to him, and eventually became a full time occupation when, with partner Matthew Cronheim, he started Arrowhead Designs in 2012.
Matthew Cronheim is co-owner of Arrowhead Designs, a custom furniture and fabrication business. Matthew has been working with wood in one form or another since he graduated from Appalachian State University in 2008. Matthew focuses on contributing to the tradition of furniture making in North Carolina. Drawing from an abundance of native hardwoods and recovered heart pine, Arrowhead is committed to demonstrating that quality products are still made by hand in the South.
Matthew began focusing on furniture and fabrication specifically with Justin Johnson in 2012, when they started Arrowhead together. Matthew brings a wide range of construction and woodworking expertise, drawing on his experiences working in cabinet shops, historic restoration projects, and general construction / fabrication. Growing up in the triangle area, Matthew has forged relationships with dozens of independent craft and tradespeople, whose influences factor heavily both in the aesthetic, and business philosophy of Arrowhead.