Several years ago, maybe 10 or 15, we had the honor of refinishing some of the lobby furniture for the Hotel Monaco in Portland, Oregon. Two of the pieces were massive, and on the day were were scheduled to deliver them, it started snowing, a somewhat rare sight in Portland. With the help of a
One of the trade magazines that Gerry reads regularly to keep on top of his woodworking skills is Fine Woodworking. Phil Lowe, owner and director of The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts in Beverly, MA has authored many articles over the years. He is also a visiting instructor at schools and woodworking organizations throughout the U.S.
In my previous post (“What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?”) I wrote how Gerry’s family has become the master of yard sales. At family reunions someone will announce that they are going Junkin’ and who wants to come along? Near the little town where they grew up in western
People often ask me how we got started in the furniture restoration business. I like to answer that was part necessity, part love, and part luck. Let’s start with Gerry, the backbone of the business. As a lad in upstate New York, he was raised by parents who grew up during the depression and never
Gerry and I recently returned from a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, where we first learned of the Koa tree, and immediately fell in love with the wood. Hawaii is the only place on earth (so far) where the Koa tree is found, and only grows at altitudes between 1500 and 6000 feet.