Zen Carpentry.


Zen Carpentry has worked for Dai Bosatsu Zendo, New York Zendo, Laughing Lotus Yoga, Lucky Lotus Yoga, Kelly's Kidz Playhouse, and others. Founder Sander Hicks built and managed the Vox Pop coffeehouses.

Zen Carpentry/Capital Cooperative is a full service general contractor. Our specialties include design, woodworking, wood flooring, tile, renovations, and new construction. We provide plans from our in-house design team, at a fraction of the cost of an architect. We pride ourselves in unique, space-saving, custom, creative solutions.

We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. We run a large wood-shop in Maspeth, NY. We are certified installers for HSS/Lumber Liquidators. We build projects as needed with reclaimed materials and local, handsome, small batch hardwoods.

Clients are welcome to visit our woodshop at 52-05 Flushing Ave, off Metropolitan Ave, Maspeth, Queens, New York City. No, "Maspeth" is NOT in Long Island. It's in Queens, very near Williamsburg and Ridgewood. We have a unique shop and office overlooking a working freight train line. It's pretty cool.

our History


Sander Hicks is the grandson of a New York union carpenter, and was raised around tools. He has been in NYC since 1991 and graduated from Lang College, New School. He has worked as a writer, indie publisher, and café builder/owner. He started making loft beds in his own apartments around Manhattan and Bushwick.


As a carpenter, Hicks blend environmental consciousness with a wood-working/general contracting operation. He has sourced a lot of material from Build It Green, NYC, the salvage yard for interesting reclaimed materials. Hicks started sourcing unique local hardwoods from Jeff Olsen, sometime around 2008, bringing high-end hardwoods that are locally sourced into the operation. Jeff is a mobile wood sawyer, with a 22” diameter band-saw. He cuts logs from trees that fell naturally, in Upstate NY and New England. He is a small scale operation outside the logging industry. He is an important source of walnut, cedar, sassafras, catalpa, cherry, and chestnut oak hardwoods.

Why Zen

Hicks had been using the business name “Vera Verde” until he had a kind of “eureka” experience doing Zen Meditation in the Catskill Mountains. Influenced by Zen, Hicks wrote the “Work Principles of Zen Carpentry” and began to do projects with just a bit more mindfulness.

The company is incorporated as Capital Cooperative Corporation, dba Zen Carpentry. Zen holds a Home Improvement Contractor’s License from the City of New York. We have workman’s comp insurance from NY State Insurance Fund. Today, Zen Carpentry/Capital Cooperative's head quarters are in a 1400 SF wood-working studio and office in Maspeth, Queens.