Dogtown Restoration Co. is a full-service restoration and custom finishing shop, specializing in wood finishing and refinishing, design & materials consulting and works of art. 

Located in Gloucester, Massachusetts on scenic Cape Ann just north of Boston, our creative philosophy is focused around craftsmanship, structural harmony, and sustainability. We place great emphasis on fabricating heirloom-quality finishes in our design and restoration work, and specialize in keeping our projects eco-friendly and under budget. By employing a wide array of traditional and cutting-edge techniques we're able to achieve striking results with a strong backbone. 

We'd love to be a part of your next project, no matter how large or small.

Joshua Sidlowski

(owner) a graduate of Montserrat College of Art and the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts with years of experience in studio art, custom finishing, and architectural design.

With a diverse background including work for museums, fine paint shops, and design studios, as well as a collaborative network of talented artists and craftspeople, Josh brings a well-rounded skill-set and meticulous process to every project.



(shop assistant, mascot) raised on the mean streets of Puerto Rico, Ivy is an expert at squirrel-spotting and moral support. She wears a hair net around the finishing shop.

What is Dogtown? Formerly known as the Commons Settlement, the large forested area at the center of Cape Ann known as Dogtown was once a vibrant community. Founded in the 1600s, many families sought refuge in the center of the island amongst the remnants of prehistoric glaciers, staking out their lives away from the harsh coastline. By the turn of the 19th century the settlement was largely abandoned as Gloucester's fishing culture flourished, leaving only the former homestead dogs as residents. Today Dogtown exists as a wild island forest, reclaimed by nature and serving as an enchanting monument to America's early pioneers.

We adopted the Dogtown name in celebration of Cape Ann's rugged mystique and untamed individuality. 

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