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The Concise History of Early American Furniture

by Master Craftsman at Artisans of the Valley on Dec 30, 2008


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Artisans of the Valley
Feature Presentation - This persentation provides a slide show featuring a variety of examples of Early American Period Furniture. Designed to provide a visual aid to one of our educational programs.


Artisans of the Valley, based in Pennington, NJ, is an exclusive custom furniture, cabinetry, carving, and restoration shop. These craftsmen are the last of the traditional apprenticeship method of passing on the skills of furniture design, joynery, carving, and finishing. We offer our custom furniture by commission, and we hand sign and date each piece upon completion.

For over 35 years Master Craftsman Stanley D. Saperstein has perfected his skills and in the process passed these skills to his son Eric. Eric has now taken the reins of the business, studio, and the title of Master Craftsman.

Artisans offers heirloom quality hand rubbed shellac and tung oil finishes as well as hand painted options on any of our pieces. In addition, modern finishes are available through our affiliates including the full spectrum of lacquers, acrylics, and urethanes.

Artisans of the Valley is the last of the true conservation studios in New Jersey, providing museum quality restorations, refinishing, repair, and preservation services. Artisans will evaluate your antiques and collectables to determine the best options for your cherished possessions. Artisans is one of the few remaining restoration studios that can handle restoring a true shellac finish and provide the skills necessary to replace or restore damaged ball and claw feet, detailed carvings, and veneer.

Bent on educating our clients, Artisans offers a tactical theory on restoration entitled “The Philosophy of Restoration.” This article outlines the concepts associated with restoration, and helps dispense the myth surrounding antiques and their care. Artisans restoration services are not limited to furniture; we handles military artifacts such as firearms, swords, and leather goods. We are the only conservation studio restoring antique and collectable chess sets; bragging rights include several the famous Jaques of London first 300 Staunton series sets.

Artisans provides services for commissions, restoration, carving, and design to residential & commercial clients, design firms, and architects. Please contact us to discuss the specifics of your project.



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  • agamomo Alejandro Galo Moreno, Artesano at La Salamandra, estudio de carpintería great job, thank you for sharing 2 years ago
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  • DABedPlans Davis Anderson, Construction at USAF What I wouldn't give to get my hands on some of those antique wooden pieces. The beauty in some of those pieces just can't be duplicated today. http://www.woodworkingbedplans.biz/ 3 years ago
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  • Nickolie0990 Nickolie Johnson Cool, I love early American stuff, too bad many people do not appreciate such things anymore. http://www.squidoo.com/woodworkerssupply 4 years ago
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  • debgimpelson5 Debbie Gimpelson Great site! Thank you. 4 years ago
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  • esaperstein Eric Saperstein, Master Craftsman at Artisans of the Valley Thanks for the feedback - if you forward pictures of your pieces we can help identify them. Send to eric@artisansofthevalley.com 5 years ago
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  • arnesevert arnesevert I watched this presentation hoping I would find something that would tell me about the chair I have. It is a rocking chair with arms. It is mahogany and it has carved winged griffons as the top piec on the back. My uncle, who would now be well over 100 years old, remembered his mother having the chair when he was little. Any idea what I have?
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