Out of the Woodwork

Sticking with it

Written by Jennifer Hicks Wednesday, 07 January 2009 20:43

Stanley Saperstein is a wood carver and furniture maker who runs Artisans of the Valley woodworking studio in Pennington, N.J. He pays the bills building period-style reproductions and custom built-ins, but fills his time on the side making custom wooden canes and walking staffs. Customers’ favorites include historic icons and animals, but he will cater to all requests. A recent commission describes the fun he has with the niche line of work where his clients, many of them senior citizens, want to express themselves.

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Hail to the chair

Wednesday, 07 January 2009 20:39

With nearly two years of presidential campaign news finally behind us, many Americans are still recovering from political overload. But for one small group of furniture makers and distributors, there is actually a benefit to the presidential election that rolls around every four years — an increase in publicity and business. Even during this year’s campaign when the main issue was the poor economy, presidential furniture reproductions grew in popularity.

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The Little Big Apple

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 17:33

It started at an early age and there was nothing Michael Chesko could do to stop it. He was obsessed with building models. No, it wasn’t model airplanes or boats — it was entire cities. He built model cities out of wood blocks, nuts and bolts, mud — anything he could get his hands on that would stand up like a building.

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Built to scale

Tuesday, 04 November 2008 16:17

Jim Arnold, owner of Reflections in Wood in Prince George, British Columbia, specializes in building custom scale wooden display models of trucks, equipment and aircraft. What started out as a hobby 35 years ago became a business in 2001.

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Classic rockers

Monday, 06 October 2008 17:06

Greg Harkins of Vaughan, Miss., has been building handmade chairs for 35 years for a clientele that ranges from “the common folks” to the last five presidents of the United States. Harkins builds quality chairs, mostly rockers, and credits his success to Tommy Bell, a legendary Mississippi chair maker.

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