Before I return to my beginnings, I want to write about who we are. I have struggled for years in an attempt to describe our company to others (the proverbial elevator speech) and this morning I had an epiphany. This realization isn’t new, I was ready to fully embrace it and understand it. It brought me clarity.
We are “Makers of Things.”
Our range is wide and deep. We have built almost anything and everything in wood.
Examples: Hand-cut dovetailed furniture, serious traditional built-ins in all flavors; seamless sequenced matched postmodern furniture, beaded face frame construction with raised panel doors, fluted columns… reverse diamond matched exotic veneer wall panels, rustic ceruse cabinets and furniture, brass inlay tables, dining tables, sideboards, a ship’s ladder, a torah cabinet, an ark for a Torah, dry aquarium, from the museum cabinets for the Federal Reserve Bank to a single drawer night stand with turned legs and appliqués…window frames for a speed boat and exotic burl dashboards for high end autos… furniture of all types and periods. The list is endless. It truly is. You cannot pigeonhole us. Nor do we want that.
Restoration is just as deep. For several years we restored high end grand pianos, then there’s the Mother Bethel church where we restored and refinished 85 pews and sanctuary pieces for their centennial, as well as many other important public spaces.
As far as furniture, 18th century period pieces, 19th century makers—Belter, Meeks, Herter Brothers, Pabst, and the list does go on. We have converted a 19th century church interior into a massive library with a huge rolling ladder building casework 16 feet high.
We haven’t done much in Art Nouveau, but quickly expanded into dozens of pieces of Art Deco. Whoopi Goldberg bought a complex French Bar we restored. We mastered the French polish finish and learned a bit of French along the way. We moved on into post-war design. Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, etc., which we still do today on a limited basis.
I haven’t seen it all, but my 40 years of wide-ranging experience has taught me a lot. It continues to be a hell of a ride.
The knowledge is always rolling around in my brain and somehow I manage to extract it at the right moments. Am I bragging? No, but I know my business.
And the people who work and create here certainly do, also.
Through our combined training and experience-- a few hundred years’ worth-- we can make almost anything.
We are one of the last original “woodshops” to precisely express this. We are old school in our training and approach. Yes, we have machines to speed up the process, but we are known as “bench men.”
Today, most woodworkers carve out a niche, which is fine, but that’s not who we are. We are constantly challenged, day in and day out, and are open to anything.
So, who are we? We are the Makers of Things.