One of the CustomMade.com Founders visits the Paradise City Fair of Fine and Functional Art
Today my fiancee Lisa and I had the pleasure of visiting with several custom metal workers, furniture makers, and custom glass and ceramic artists at the Paradise City Fairs of Fine and Functional Art in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
The show was very well put together and coordinated, and we really enjoyed it. I wanted to share with you some of the amazing custom Artisans that we ran into, and show you some of their work. We ran into a few of our existing subscribers, including a phenomenal custom pen maker named Barry Gross. Seeing his work in person gave me a new appreciation for how detailed and high quality his pens truly are. If you are looking to have a custom pen done which incorporates an old watch, a family trinket, or even a cigar label, Barry is the guy to call!
We also ran into David Little, a local gentleman who does custom iron and metal work (we are about to expand into those areas very soon and are looking for charter members!) as well as Ted and Cyndi DeMers, two Furniture Society members that do some exceptional work with Spalted Maple. Very neat.
As a furniture junkie, one of my favorite stops was at the booth of Rob Porcaro, a custom woodworker from Medfield, Massachusetts.
Rob took me on a tour of his “Cabinet on Legs” which is constructed of Big-leaf maplemahogany (case), (legs), pear (door panels and drawer fronts), Port Orford cedar (drawer parts and back panels), and Honduran rosewood (handles).
Porcaro’s work reminded me of a few pieces on our website, also built on stands, like this jewelery cabinet by Andy’s Fine Furniture, this similar handmade jewelry box on a stand by Michael Singer, and even this Japanese inspired box on a stand by Hubel Handcrafted.
I’m looking forward to next year’s show!