‘Artisans’ do woodwork at Statehouse

Artisans of the Valley was featured this week in The Hopewell Valley News!

May 19th, 2011

Click Here to view the article ‘Artisans’ do work at the Statehouse‘ by John Tredrea

Artisans of the Valley at the NJ Statehouse showing Michael Pietras and Eric M. Saperstein, photo by Jeannine Flynn

Artisans of the Valley at the NJ Statehouse showing Michael Pietras and Eric M. Saperstein, photo by Jeannine Flynn

”We work in the Senate and Assembly chambers and in the rest of the building,” said 37-year-old Eric Saperstein, whose father, Stanley, started Artisans in the Valley years ago. “We’re in there a few times a month. We maintain the finishes, carve and replace moldings that have been knocked off. The color matching of the finishes has to be very precise. Part of the work is to minimize future damage. If you don’t maintain that kind of work, especially inlaid stuff, the carvings fall off. There’s a myth that you’re never supposed to touch antiques. That’s not true. If you don’t maintain them, they fall apart.”

 

 

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