Deacon builds faith — and furniture

Here’s a nifty profile of a deacon from Utah, courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune:

Before he begins building any piece of furniture — an altar, a pulpit, a desk, a chair — Tom Tosti prays.

He asks God to help him do his best work and help him turn the wood into a thing of beauty and function. But mostly, and always, he asks for humility.

“I pray that it’s for his glory, not mine,” says Tosti, an ordained Catholic deacon who is carving out a reputation as a designer and craftsman of liturgical furnishings.

As his son, Dominic Tosti, puts it: “It’s more than just a cabinet shop.”

Indeed, the name of the family business, housed in a shop 20 yards from the family home in the Summit County town of Oakley, is the first clue it’s not a typical furniture factory.

Tekton Woodworks gets its name from the Greek word for craftsman in wood, metal or stone. Tosti chose the name to honor two carpenters from Galilee: Jesus Christ and his stepfather, Joseph.

High on the back wall is a long, painted wooden sign proclaiming “Worship Times: Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.” The sign was a reject, too long for its intended place outside a church, but an apropos wall decoration for a shop specializing in religious furnishings.

On the first day of the new year, Tosti has a presider’s chair with rich tapestry and green marble ornamentation sitting in his office, ready to deliver to a Catholic church at the University of San Diego.

A modern altar with Romanesque arches, made of quilted oak and maple with a medallion of bird’s-eye maple, rests on a dolly. It will be loaded into a van and delivered to the Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Park City later on this New Year’s Day.

Two drop-leaf tables await their finishes. They are bound for the LDS Church-owned City Creek Center project in downtown Salt Lake City, where they will go in condos as sales models.

Check out the rest, along with more pictures of Deacon Tom’s work.


  1. (With a bit of a chuckle in my voice) Nifty?

    Love ya, Greg!

  2. Deacon Alexander Breviario says:

    I guess you could say he gives new meaning to “The Deacon’s Bench”…


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