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    Woodruff's Downriver Stone Design

    Downriver Stone Design is an experienced, honest and affordable family owned business that provides a stress free process while guiding you through the sensitive responsibility of creating a personal memory of a loved one.

    DSD provides comfort and quality whether you are in need of a headstone, memorial marker, urn or a monument. Friendly and affordable, they also supply high quality granite and quartz counters along with custom cabinetry for your new construction or upgrades to your home or business.

    Tom Woodruff and his son Tom Jr. were both born into the business, literally. The family legacy starts long before Tom’s maternal grandfather, John Raubar, a master stone cutter, moved his way from Austria through Cleveland and then Pennsylvania. On a job offer, he boarded a train to California but detoured himself to explore the booming automotive industry in Detroit. Here John decided to take employment and in 1913 he then opened a monument business of his own. Later, Tom Sr. grew up learning the skills of his grandfather and father and eventually became owner of the family business in 1964. It was the same for Tom Jr. as he grew up commuting to jobs with his father and learning the family trade at a young age. Beyond first hand knowledge, Tom and Tom Jr. both took many classes perfecting their skills and knowledge of different stones while perfecting advanced techniques and keeping up with innovative technology. From hand chisel to air hammers and diamond carving blades, they’ve experienced it all. Eventually Tom Jr. followed in the family footsteps and became co-owner of the business. Together the father and son team are highly educated and experienced in giving you the best quality and most personalized art work you can find.

    Throughout his career, Tom Sr. has visited many countries to study monumental art and its history. He has won several design awards and now teaches courses in the subject. You won’t find better experience when it comes to stone design. “Our family serving your family since 1913” says it profoundly. The Woodruff family has been personally serving the metro Detroit and surrounding area through 5 generations for over 100 years! They renamed the company DSD in 2003 to combine the monument company with the countertop and cabinet business. They enjoy Wyandotte and take pride with their work in the community.

    Masters at creating headstone and memorials, bypassing the middle-man allows them to offer fair prices with the highest quality hand workmanship. Beating competitors by 30% or more, creating unique designs and having a passion for what they do are convincing reasons to purchase from DSD. They only use quality domestic stone, locally sourced from quarries in the US, and their work is superior due to their strong history and educational background. They are familiar with many cemeteries and the marker regulations which most people don’t realize when choosing your design and placement.

    With DSD, your loved one will be honored with a design that incorporates personal recognition, family crest, military tribute, photo markers or a beautiful glass insert (a new item offered). They stay current and updated on new technology while listening to your concerns and providing you with the finest quality pieces. They guide you through your plan with hand sketched designs and computer production so you can preview your design before commitment. This process brings far greater appreciation and confidence in your purchase than ordering a manufactured catalog design, so why order out of a book when you can pay homage to your beloveds with a custom piece of art? Tom also says it’s not unusual for people to pre-order their stones, taking stress and guesswork away at a time of grief.

    If you are looking for something different, DSD also makes hand crafted bird baths and benches among other stone items you may desire. Tom Jr. can craft many beautiful sculptures out of stone for your garden or memorial. Stop by their outdoor area to see many hand crafted projects.

    For your home design needs, DSD also provides gorgeous kitchen and bath granite and quartz counter tops with custom cabinetry. They are members of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and provide purposeful floor plans and practical cabinet layouts for your projects. You must visit the showroom to see the array of color and style possibilities available and speak with the friendly and professional Woodruff family.

    You can view many examples of Downriver Stone Design memorial and stone work in Wyandotte at the Purple Heart Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, and the WWII Veteran’s monument or at their location.


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    2836 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, MI 48192
    Hours: M-F 10am-5pm and Sat 10am-2pm
    Special hours by appointment.


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