Craftsmanship & Creativity
Mt. Alice's work is distinguished by a impeccable craftsmanship, a clean and timeless style and simple lines with functionality and longevity as priorities. Each job is unique and owner Bill Doenges uses local materials whenever possible and always of the highest quality.
Bill takes the time to really understand and communicate with each client about their individual project. This personal attention along with his depth of knowledge allows him to present creative and relevant solutions for his customers. In his own words, " I find seeing the process from design to completion satisfying . I enjoy helping customers take outdated and/or unsightly features in their home and turning them into beautiful, functional areas. "
"When designing and building our table Bill was a pleasure to work with. He frequently communicated with us to make sure we got the table that we were looking for down to the smallest detail. The quality of his craftsmanship can be seen by the impeccable finish and great lengths he went to making sure the wood and color schemes were exactly what we wanted. He was a professional every step of the way and we are extremely pleased with the final product which we received exactly when he said it would be done."
- Chuck and Gina Gaidys
A central Vermont native, Bill grew up in Moretown avidly exploring the outdoors from a young age, climbing Camel’s Hump, ski racing and helping his dad with carpentry work. College found him pursuing his passion of the outdoors with a degree in Environmental Studies, after which he settled in the Mad River Valley.
Working closely with a local craftsman rekindled his love for millwork and he proceeded to hone his skills and gain valuable experience. He launched his own company, Mt. Alice Millworks, in 2012.
Combining his love for Vermont, nature and creativity, cabinetry and custom millwork has become his passion.
Mt. Alice History
As Waitsfield’s second highest peak, Mt. Alice became the home to a fire lookout tower and ranger’s cabin in the 1930’s. Walter Moriarty owned the land and was approached by the Vermont Forestry Department to build the lookout tower on his land. Moriarty agreed stating that he wanted the mountain named after his wife, Alice, so that when she was gone, there would be something to remember her by. The name was not legally documented, however, and today most refer to the mountain as Scrag Mountain.
The wooden tower was destroyed by lightening in 1937 after which a steel tower was built, only to be removed in the 70s.
Many continue to enjoy the beautiful hike to the top of Mt. Alice by way of Palmer Hill Road, Waitsfield. It’s a local hike Bill, his wife Whitney, their son Max, and dogs, Maisy and Webster continue to enjoy.
Thanks to Earline Marsh and the Waitsfield Telecom for documenting the history of this mountain.