Animal Planet’s “Tanked” – Promo Video & Press Releases

Artisans of the Valley had the opportunity to engage in a covert commission for Animal Planet’s new series “Tanked!” … we’re looking forward to the air dates starting August 19th, 2011 … we’ll keep everyone posted as to which episode we’re featured in, but of course we’ll all be watching them all!

“U.S. cable net Animal Planet has set an air date for Tanked, the aquarium family business show unveiled as part of its Upfront in April.

The six-part reality series (pictured above) will premiere August 19 at 10 p.m. EST, focusing on Las Vegas-based firm Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM), whose owners Wayde King and Brett Raymer build tanks and aquariums for “celebrities, luxury hotels, Fortune 500 businesses, private homes and millionaire homeowners.”

Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet, said the series ticked multiple reality boxes, describing it as “a build show, it’s a family business show, it’s a pet show and it’s a flashy show with big reveals.”

The show is produced for Animal Planet by Nancy Glass Productions, with Nancy Glass and Eric Neuhaus the executive producers and Katie Sullivan the co-executive producer. For Animal Planet, Melinda Toporoff is the exec producer.

Tanked was developed by Animal Planet’s Charlie Foley and Sara Helman.

In related news, Animal Planet has commissioned 3 Ball Productions to make a second season of My Cat From Hell, which follows the efforts of cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy. Six hour-long episodes will air in the first half of 2012, following up the original three-part miniseries which aired on the network earlier this year.”

If the Video Below Isn’t Working – Here’s The Link for the First Promo:



Artisans Quarterly Review Volume 4 Issue 2


Welcome to Artisans of the Valley’s “Artisans Quarterly Review”Artisans Quarterly Review Volume 4 Issue 2 by Artisans of the Valley is now available, please click on the table of contents links below to read articles of interest!


Artisans Takes on the Capital

Artisans of the will be making regular appearances at our state capital to maintain and preserve some of our state’s historic woodwork and ensure its function and beauty for current and future generations.

Klise Beat us to the Hill

Artisans is a retailer for Klise Manufacturing; a world renowned supplier of high quality hardwood components. We discovered that it’s likely that Klise made the original bead molding in NJ’s Capital!

Working on Another TV Show Project

We’re covertly working on a project for Animal Planet’s “Tanked” – a Nancy Glass Production featuring the world famous ATM Acrylic Tank Manufacturing.

Fine Woodworking & Hopewell Valley news Features

Find some tips from Artisans on artist marking through the use of local and national media resources on and check us out in the Hopewell Valley News!

Artisans is Back Onsite

with his studio work Michael will be tackling high end onsite projects. When your valuable antiques need minor repairs or can not be moved to our shop; you need a visit from Mike!

Dana now a Veteran of Hardwood

Our new shop girl decided it was time for some home improvements, somehow we’re thinking dating a woodworker may have had some influence on her decision to install hardwood flooring.

Aliens and Rebels Among Us

Walking Sticks never stop walking out of our shop, check out our new alien friend and a few more additions to the troops of southern Colonel’s and Rebels.

Artisans @ Art All Night

Eric M. Saperstein and Michael Pietras both participated in “Art All Night” – a Trenton New Jersey festival of music and art. Check out the pieces we presented at the show.


Check out a really big chess set, a restored headboard setup from an antique fireplace screen, and a family’s heirloom travel trunk restored and converted into a cedar chest.

What Will We Do With This Wood?

Artisans is going modern! We’re going to do an experiment using this amazing piece of waterfall bubinga! Stay tuned to watch this project develop into a whole new branch of artistic creations.

Simple Signs

Just a reminder, Artisans can design and produce a variety of hand crafted or machine cut signs and displays!

Animal Artisans

We’re not all about wood, sometimes we need something to pet that’s a little softer and furrier. So, we’re announcing the launch of a Artisans Foundation for Animal Welfare!

A few Interesting Scrolls

A few kitten adoption success stories just have make anyone’s day a little better. We figured we’d show off a few of the critters we’ve fostered happily in the arms of their new families!

The Magic of Chair Repair

Check out a unique and intricate repair on a highly detailed inlaid mahogany chair. These type of restorations require a lot of time and care to handle correctly.

Renaissance Wax

Artisans would like to remind you all that we’re a retailer for the world’s best museum quality wax products. Renaissance Wax is the industry’s elite wax for furniture, artwork, and heirloom collectables.

Blue Fly’s Blog

Our friend Patricia Edel, mistress of fish, and one of Alaska’s prized guides is launching a new blog site. Check out for more of her adventures!

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‘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.”




What have we been up to?

So our posting has been a bit sporadic – that doesn’t mean we’re off that map we’ve actually been quite busy! There’s a lot to say and we haven’t really had the required time to properly present it. So – here we go with a new series of blog entries which will lead up to another newsletter, followed but some fun announcements and special issues this summer.

Woodworker Michael PietrasWhat have we been up to? Well we have a new guy on the team, Michael Pietras who’s back to Hopewell Township from the Cayman Islands. Mike will be offering a diverse set of skills including furniture design, joinery, restoration, carving, finishing, and repair. He’ll also be adding a modern twist to our portfolio including the implementation of concrete, glass, and some other unique materials.

Dana OxenbergSeems we have a new shop girl hanging around quite a bit, Dana Oxenberg has been inventive with jewelry boxes and some other projects. Dana is a unique and independent creature, one who enjoys organization and putting her OCD to good use. Dana made her debut in our last newsletter; and also traveled to NYC with us last week to reveal another fun project.

We’ve got a ton of restorations going on, a few pending carving projects, and oh we’re gonna be on national television hitting a potential of 97 million homes  through Animal Planet this summer. We just finished a day on set for the reveal of a unique commission for their new show “Tanked.” When the show airs this summer turtle will make more sense.

More details of a lot of projects are pending!



Artisans Fine Woodworking Blog Feature!

Check out Arielle Tonkin’s article “Using Communications Media to Broadcast Your Business” – Artisans of the Valley is mentioned as an example of how to gain exposure through the media.

“Thus far on The Pro Shop, we’ve emphasized “leveraging” your marketing efforts: getting the broadest visibility and reach for the amount of resources (both time and money), that you spend on marketing. We’ve looked at publicizing your business and the unique value of your handmade products far and wide through traditional media channels, but specifically by ramping up your internet presence through some basic tips and strategies. Today, it’s time to turn on the TV! We’ll look at broadcasting your business through local and national television networks.”

Arielle Tonkin is a contributing author for and


Artisans Quarterly Review Vol 4 Issue 1

Artisans Quarterly Review Volume 4 Issue 1 by Artisans of the Valley became available as of February 20, 2011 and may be accessed with any PDF viewer by clicking on the following links or pasting them into our browser.

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The table of contents for this Isssue is as follows for the 1st Qtr of 2011:

  • 2010 Finishes / 2011 Begins / Editor Speaking
  • Highlights from Philly Furniture Show
  • Our New JOC; Dana
  • Cute Girl Whittling
  • Woodworker Michael Pietras Returns!
  • Charles Maxwell’s Hardwood Clocks
  • English Brown Oak Mantle Restoration
  • An Acacia Wood Cane
  • Featured in Sticks
  • Breathing new Fire into Dragons
  • Stanley’s Warriors
  • Lion’s of Judah
  • Gem Industries Orbital Polisher Demo
  • A Brand New 2010 Camaro
  • Woodworker Blows at Glass
  • Plenty of Kittens & Pups

Artisans of the Valley Quarterly Review Newsletter – Vol 3 Issue 1 Released!

Artisans Quarterly Review Volume 3 Issue 1 by Artisans of the Valley is available as of March 6, 2010 and may be accessed with any PDF viewer by clicking on the following links or pasting them into our browser. Yes, we’re a little late with this quarter … we’ve been busy so cut us a break!

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The table of contents for this Issue is as follows for the 1st Qtr of 2010: (If you’re going to the Philadelphia Fine Furniture Show this year – a link is in our newsletter for half price tickets!)

  • Babbling Editorial
  • Hopewell Express Features …
  • Philly Show 2010
  • Custom Chippendale Curio Unit
  • Magnified Handles
  • This is NOT Yoda
  • Civil War Staffs
  • The Books of Lora S. Irish
  • Artist & Guide Wayne Barton
  • Baker Table Restorations
  • Special Guest David Healy
  • For a Blow Out? Blow In!
  • Cannons & Coal Mines
  • Secretary Restoration
  • Sheridan Server Restoration
  • TODL 50,000+ Designers
  • Kyle’s 2010 Pinewood Derby

Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show – Preview Event

Artisans will be on site for the duration of the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show (PIFS) (Click Here for details) to display our carvings, gothic furniture line, and a variety of images and details from our portfolio.


Today TODL (The Trade Only Design Library) helped us promote our pending presence at the 2010 Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show this coming March 26th – 28th with an announcement to their near 50,000 members. We’d like to add some details to this promotion including information about the preview event scheduled on Friday, March 26th. Entitled “Tomorrow’s Collectibles”, the preview party, will be held at the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show (PIFS).

Special guests David Rago and Suzanne Perrault of Antiques Road Show, Rago Arts and Auction Center, and, will be there for a meet and greet, walking the hall with comments on the work of over 60 furniture and furnishings artisans.

Also check out a special exhibition of some of the area’s best contemporary art using recycled materials by up and coming artists from Inliquid.

This Preview Party will include a bento box dinner option or dessert only option. There will be a cash bar.

Proceeds from the event benefit Inliquid and, a non-profit promoting the visual arts and visual artists in the Philadelphia area.


$70 for dinner option (choice of regular or vegetarian)
$120 for couples dinner option
$35 for dessert only
Preview ticket gives access to the show for the entire weekend

Purchase tickets by calling PIFS at (215) 387 8590 with your credit card


Friday, March 26th, 2010
Cash bar cocktails, 6pm-7pm
Dinner, 7pm
Dessert, 7:30pm

Show Dates and Hours:

Saturday, March 27, 11am-7pm
Sunday, March 28, 11am-5pm
Admission: $12.00
$2 discounts for tickets purchased in advance


The Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier 1
Philadelphia Naval Business Center (PNBC)
5100 South Broad Street
PH 215 387 8590 | FAX 215 387 8591

Artisans carve a place in the modern world

Artisans carve a place in the modern world - Hopewell Express by Diccon Hyatt

Artisans of the Valley was featured this month in Hopewell Express – click the link above to view the full article by Diccon Hyatt. This local paper circulates throughout Pennington, Hopewell, Hopewell Township, & the Titusville areas. The article discusses Master Craftsman Eric & Stanley Saperstein, touches on the history of Artisans of the Valley and describes of a few current projects.

For more information about the Hopewell Express visit:


“In Between” – An exhibition at Philadelphia’s Dalet Gallery

Opening January 23rd, 2010 through

February 26, 2010

Opening reception January 23, 4 – 6 pm

Gallery talk January 23, 5pm

Mid-show reception February 5, 5 – 9 pm

Eric & Stanley Saperstein of Artisans of the Valley will be joining Ernestine Ruben this Saturday (January 23rd) to celebrate the opening of her exhibition at Dalet Gallery of Philadelphia, PA

“Ernestine Ruben is internationally known through extensive exhibitions, books, and workshops. Her work is included in many major museums and private collections. Most of her life has been focused on art: growing up with it, studying history of art and working in sculpture. She has photographed the human body for years and now applies her love of life and human spirit to landscapes and architecture. Petra (Jordan) and Rodin are strong interests as they deal with issues of life and death. Ruben continues to experiment with diverse concepts and techniques as they relate to photography.”

For more information about Ernestine’s work visit:

Also featured in this exhibit are artists Mi-Kyoung Lee and Tim Fitts

141 n. 2nd street * Philadelphia, PA 19106

215 – 923 – 2424 (tel)

Gallery Event Press Release Below:

Philadelphia, PA – December 15, 2009: Dalet Gallery will present “In Between,” an exhibition of recent work of photographer Ernestine Ruben, fiber artist Mi-Kyoung Lee, and photographer Tim Fitts. This exhibition will occur during PHILAGRAfiKA 2010 (

Crossing boundaries of age, culture, gender, and media, these three artists find a core connection through the creative process and its expression.

“My new work touches the winds… which flow with life and wander around our bodies like curious spirits with a mission.They are cool, they are fresh, they pause to hear our word and feel our feelings.” – Ernestine Ruben.

Ernestine Ruben, Back Bend, Archival Pigment Print, 14 x 20Ernestine Ruben, of Princeton, New Jersey, has had an active career through national and international exhibits, workshops, and publications.She investigates the principals of photographic applications to other media such as dance, glass, sculpture, and architecture.

“The consistent process of art making is ritual ceremony. My entire body and soul purely united. The inspiration behind my images unfolds with the mysterious human life.” – Mi-Kyoung Lee.

Mi-Kyoung Lee, Untitled, Cotton, Waxed Thread, Wax, 7' x 7 1/2'Mi-Kyoung Lee is currently the head of The Fibers Program at The University of Arts, in Philadelphia.Lee has been creating material drawings and sculpture with found objects such as hair, paper towels, and pipe cleaners. Lee addresses ritual and the human body through examining textile processes.

“My approach to photographic work is inspired by my years studying studio engineering and experimental composers… I have viewed film in the same light as magnetic tape, giving equal concentration to the aural spectrum and the idea of drawing with light.”  – Tim Fitts.

Tim Fitts, Pipes at Hoeggi Station #5, Archival Pigment Prints, Tim Fitts is a writer and photographer.He constructs layered images using abandoned construction materials, junkyards, and fish markets, investigating sites of urban decay.

Ruben, Lee, and Fitts emphasize the evolution from experimentation to discovery in their work, individually as well as in their collaboration.They are involved with the dialogue between two and three-dimensional imagery and share an interest in extending media and transforming their materials.

The exhibition will be on view at the Dalet Gallery, 141 North 2nd Street, Olde City, Philadelphia, PA 19106

For further information on Dalet Gallery, or to set up media interview with the gallery artists, contact Irena Gobernik at 215-923-2424 or or visit