At the Galleries

Pieces of a secret past debut in Philly

Wednesday, 07 January 2009 20:28

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition is long in name, “The Fix on Colonial Philadelphia Furniture: A Secret Guide to Cabinetmakers’ Prices,” but its pieces are not short on historical interest. On display now through Feb. 22, the exhibition is based on a 36-page book, “Prices of Cabinet and Chair Work,” published in 1772 by a group of Philadelphia master cabinetmakers.

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They’re having a blast

Written by Jennifer Hicks Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:52

Brent Manley combined his custom sign-making business with his partner Mark Erickson’s door business in 2002 and created Great River Door Co. Based in Brainerd, Minn., the company has a real niche in the residential market with its custom sandblasted doors, especially for log home owners whose front doors have a reputation to live up to.

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‘Challenge of the Chair’ winners picked

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 16:57

The Wharton Esherick Museum’s new exhibition, “The Challenge of the Chair,” is open to the public now through Dec. 31 at the Paoli, Pa., museum. The juried show features 10 side chairs selected from 68 entries to the museum’s 15th annual thematic woodworking competition.

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From a craft to art

Monday, 03 November 2008 22:00

Randy Crossman is president of Yankee Woodworking and The Vermont Sleigh Co. of Mendon, Vt., and has been building furniture and reproductions of 19th-century children’s sleighs along with his business partner, Bruce Marston, since 1995. For the last 20 years, Crossman has also been cutting puzzles as a hobby, but about two years ago the hobby developed into a legitimate part of his woodworking business.

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Mentor inspires cabinetmakers’ display

Friday, 31 October 2008 15:25

The exhibition “Legacy of Talent: A Moser Reunion,” consisting of contemporary pieces by Thomas Moser Cabinetmakers and seven former employees, runs through Nov. 28 at the Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.

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