I often look back and fondly remember the gift that started my lifelong passion for fine wood working. My wife Susan surprised me with a set of professional wood carving chisels and gouges on our first Christmas together. I had just graduated from college with a degree in business management. I believed that was the prudent course for a young married man to follow but I do remember saying to her that day “these tools will change our lives.” The rest, as they say, is history.
My first attempt at using the tools was quite a challenge. My mom needed a ball and claw leg carved to repair an antique pie crust pedestal table. As it turned out I took to woodcarving like a duck takes to water. My basement workshop was soon filled with restoration projects for local antique dealers. Bed posts fascinated me the most. Each post had to be hand turned and then carefully carved to match the original antique. Complete four poster beds in queen and king sizes soon became the mainstay of my business as most antique rope beds were too small for today’s needs.
Since then and for over 30 years, it has been my good fortune to be surrounded by a spectacular team of craftsmen and women. Together we have restored antiques and architectural elements for dealers, builders and architects. We’ve built traditional and custom furniture for the most discriminating interior designers. We’ll often design and customize machinery and tools to bring a designer’s concept to fruition.
Despite my business degree, I rely on the front-end of the business to take care of what I now consider the hard stuff. The office staff takes great pride in establishing enduring relationships with an impressive list of creative designers and their high-profile clients. As a team, we know our efforts have produced heirlooms that will be cherished for generations.
Our new website features eight collections of classic and custom beds. In addition to our traditional finishes in warm wood tones, we have had great fun with paint finishes in soft, bold, and romantic colors…colors inspired by designer fabrics. We are pleased to be collaborating with Meg Roberts Design on these new finishes. Meg is a longtime family friend with a passion for color, a keen eye for detail and an accomplished artist with clients worldwide.
We are also proud to introduce our exacting line of Salesman’s Samples…an early 20th Century concept that made sense to revisit this Century to promote the charm and character of four-poster beds.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas about our new website and hope to work with you soon.
by Stephen Plaud, President on Feb 26, 2013 at 12:56am Read Full Post!