• Artisan, hand-crafted works of art created from exotic and locally sourced wood

  • About Torno Woodworks

    A life-long Michigan resident born in Detroit, Randall Torno began his college studies in the field of art, but changed his focus to engineering, completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan.
     
    Randall has always combined his artistic talents with a strong sense of design. Following his ten-year tenure at Ford Motor Company as a wood model maker and process engineer, he was employed at International Engineering Solutions where he designed industrial equipment for over thirty years before his retirement in 2013. His artistic abilities span many media and forms including ceramics, painting, drawing and glass, studying at the Corning Museum of Art and the glass studio of the Toledo Museum of Art.
     
    During his free time, Randall has always focused his energies on major projects, first building award winning airplanes and next, award winning wooden boats. For the past ten years, he has researched historical as well as contemporary boat building techniques and styles, attending boat shows across the country. He has built several types and styles of boats ranging from an English birding kayak, canoes and kayaks, to unique scale model display canoes, to a reproduction Gentleman’s Runabout!

     

    During the past three years, Torno has focused his energies creating bespoke custom wooden furniture, ukuleles, a violin and his newest adventure is with toys! His new grandson shifted his thoughts to objects that would be enjoyed by children of all ages.

     

    Torno’s passion for art and wooden is clear and strong. The launch of Torno Woodworks with his recent bodies of work, present the opportunity to offer more wooden works of art for sale in the national marketplace.
     

    >> Learn more about Randall Torno here in the August issue of the Ann Arbor Observer.

     

    >> Connect and engage with us on Facebook here.

     

     

  • T5 Scale Model
     

    Length: 67 inches
    Width 14 inches
    Weight: 5 pounds
     
    *Retail Price: $1,195 (50% non-refundable deposit)

    T25 Solo
     

    Length: 139 inches
    Width: 26 inches
    Weight: 25 pounds
     
    *Retail Price: $4,750 (50% non-refundable deposit)

    T51 Dual
     

    Length: 194 inches
    Width: 34 inches
    Weight: 51 pounds
     
    *Retail Price: $6,750 (50% non-refundable deposit)

     
     

     
     
     

     
     
     
    All boat photos by Patrick Young 

     
     
     

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    At the convergence of art, engineering and performance
     

     

     
     
     
     
     
     

  • Explore and experience an original, hand-crafted Torno boat today

    Contact us anytime at randall.torno@gmail.com or simply fill out the form below to check our inventory and/or discuss the build and shipping options of your original boat. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on commissions.

  • News/Special Events

    Randy featured in The Michigan Engineer

    CoE alum Randy Torno combines art and engineering to make custom, handcrafted boats.

    Read The Michigan Engineer article by Ali Cabadas here.

    Promotional Video

    Watch our promotional video which was produced by Sophia Dai, Kyle Cai, Kitty Crowley and Christine Peplow, students in the Fall 2016 "Designing Persuasive Communications" course in the Ross School of Business and the School of Communications at the University of Michigan