Over the Woodsman Builder, Inc

Proudly serving the Bay Area for 24 years

Over the Woodsman Builder, Inc is a General Building Contractor based in Oakland, CA. Our scope of work includes design, custom homes, remodels & additions, light commercial, and precision woodworking, including cabinetry, furniture, and bar building. Our focus is to bring intelligence-based skill and experience to our clients in order to complete their projects in an expert manner. Our mission is to be the most precise, knowledgeable, and meticulous building contractor in the San Francisco Bay Area.

About Us

Over the Woodsman comes from the family name of our president. Oberholzer can be translated from the Swiss-German into “over woodsman,” meaning “a grade above the woodcutter.” We look at our name as a way to both honor our ancestry, and dedicate ourselves to the integrity they represent to us.


Our Story 

Dave Oberholzer, our president, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In construction, Dave worked his way through high school at De La Salle, in Concord, and through college at St. Mary’s, in Moraga. He graduated with degrees both in Philosophy, and in English. After college, Dave went to work in construction full-time, primarily remodeling century old high-end homes in San Francisco. Over the Woodsman Builder has been a licensed general building contractor since 1996. During the past twenty four years, we have undertaken and completed many projects, which presented some form of unique challenge. From custom cabinets and doors all the way up to custom homes, we have taken on only those jobs, which allow for a meticulous attention to detail. 

While there is no job too large or small, there are many jobs which are better suited for expeditious contractors with less at stake in their reputation. Because we do not advertise publicly, it is exceptionally important that our clients are not just accepting of completed work—they must be satisfied well enough to recommend us to their friends and family. We believe that there is a relationship between client and contractor that necessitates communication and comprehension, leading to trust and reciprocity. 


Miles of Sanding
Miles of Sanding

54' Transaction Top
54' Transaction Top

At the Table Saw

Miles of Sanding
Miles of Sanding


Please email us for more information.


Oakland, CA 94601

CA Licence No: 719337