There is a burgeoning movement afoot, a return to the art of making things by hand. A growing group of aware and committed people are seeking out high-quality handmade goods, and New York City is at the forefront of this renaissance.
This book takes the reader into the studios of master artisans in fields such as glassblowing, masonry, and wood carving as well as hatmaking, embroidery, and calligraphy. It provides the ultimate sourcebook for objects with real character—whether for renovating the home, re-creating a look from the past, searching for a one-of-a-kind gift, or restoring a beloved antique. The reader will discover hidden gems such as hand-turned ceramic bowls, tables made from a single piece of wood, baskets fashioned from rare black ash, and hand-blocked wallpaper. The tradespeople profiled here have reached a level of expertise attained only through years of practice. These professionals are obsessive about quality and are driven by a profound passion for their work. Most of them toil in obscurity and normally can be found only through word of mouth—until now.
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Made in New York is a charming book which shows how artisans are flourishing with wonderful work in the midst of a bustling metropolis. As my interest is in fine art, it was fascinating to read about the Art conservator, Simon Parkes as well as the master framer, Eli Wilner, whose talented craftsmen helped recreate the frame for the famous painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware. The exquisite photography shows that the hand-made object is alive and well in New York!
This book is a real treasure, highlighting top-tier artisans throughout New York and brimming with gorgeous color photographs. From well-known companies like White House framer Eli Wilner & Company, to hidden treasures like the upstate furniture maker Chris Lehrecke, each entry concisely describes the details that make each company unique.