AN INTERVIEW WITH
What type of work do you do?
Furniture repair, refinishing and restoration. A large percentage of my work for private
cliental centers around dining tables, chairs and household furniture, bedroom suites,
antiques and family heirlooms. Bed alterations, such as lowering mattress heights,
replacing side rails to strengthen and tighten beds and re-sizing, Queen to King being
the most popular comprises a large part of my business.
I serve local antique dealers and decorators in the Wilson area and private customers
from Chapel Hill to the coast. Fire, smoke and water damaged furniture makes it way to
me from time to time, along with church pews and architectural specialty millwork.
A side interest making hand dovetailed and specialty boxes from domestic and exotic
hardwoods has evolved from a hobby/sideline into a thriving business as well.
I also teach at the Eastern NC School of the Deaf in Wilson, NC and love sailing every
chance I get
What services do you offer?
Refinishing and restoration
Custom built furniture
Specialty built boxes
Brass buffing and lacquering
Refinishing exterior wood doors
How long you have been refinishing furniture?
Thirty three years
How did become interested in wood work?
I began by making pieces I needed for my own home, mostly in the Shaker
style. Some yard sale crafts were picked up by a local store owner, craft fairs
brought me some notoriety and I set up shop serving mostly antique dealers
and some private customers while operating a small retail shop in downtown
Who is going to benefit from your services / what type of clients of you work with?
Home decorators, antique dealers and collectors as well as individuals with specific furniture restoration needs. People with meaningful wood salvaged from historic properties, homeplaces, or other sentimental sources who want to preserve their meaning in the form of specialty boxes for every use from decorative to housing cremation remains.
What type of custom work do you do?
In many ways I feel that everything I do is custom as I work with each customer to provide whatever service I perform to their specifications.
How can potential clients get in touch with you?
Telephone is the best, text or email works too.