A shipment of 73 manzanita burls arrived at our shop today! – These unique anomalies of nature are going to be turned into anomalies of artwork. We’re not sure what we’re making yet, we won’t be sure until after we’re...
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Location: Pennington, NJ
Eric M. Saperstein is Master of Artisans, Owner, Webmaster, Editor, Bookkeeper, Buyer, Office Manager, Legal Pit-bull, and he’s in charge of vacuuming the shop. The operational functions of furniture design, construction, and finishing as well as antique restoration are all in his daily activities.
Eric started in woodworking around the time he started to walk, finding himself spending time in the shop with Stanley throughout his childhood. Eric could handle most common tools and even operate most of the power equipment by the time he was ten years old. As a teenager he absorbed more than his father thought as he provided a second set of hands in the shop.
Eric took over Artisans in 2000, expanding the array of services and exponentially increasing the marketing presence by creating a website, www.artisansofthevalley.com The site took on its own life and is now the largest single shop woodworking website on the internet.
The web presence allowed Eric to begin to reach a much wider audience, so the reach of the shop began to extend not only across New Jersey and into Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware, but soon projects were spanning out nationwide. We now even ship custom commissions around the world.
Eric received his master’s certification from his father, Master Craftsman Stanley D. Saperstein, in 2008. This fulfilled Stan’s promise to his teacher, C. N. Grinnell and ensured another generation of master craftsmen was created.
We've launched a blog site (www.artisansofthevalley.com/blog) in March of 2009. The site will feature artists of all sorts in all mediums, as well as our own work, hobbies, adventures, and other unique articles and tech tips. Soon we're hoping to launch our forum (bulletin board) as well.
You can reach Eric at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric M. Saperstein
Artisans of the Valley
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com
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Bowl Coring & Hollowing - Our new Toys (Tools) !! #3: Four Manzanita Bowls - Fruits of the weekends hollowing!
Fruits of the new Carter Hollow Roller System – manzanita burl bowls #6, 7, 8, & 9 were all hollowed out using the standard HSS cutter. It made surprisingly fast work of the job. Two are sanded smooth inside two I left with the cutter ma...
Along with an assortment of lathe upgrades and other toys and tools we recently obtained a Carter Hollow Roller System. “The Hollow Roller™ System is a captive boring bar system for safely turning hollow forms and bowls. The boring bar ha...
So … this is the start of a series featuring our new Oneway Easy Core right in mid stream of our overall lathe overhaul. Some history. We have a Delta DL-40 digital lathe my father bought about 35 years ago for if I remember right about $3,3...
OK – trip to the mill on Saturday yielded a return of six walnut slabs at 16/4 (a full 4”) thick! This harvest was back in early 2012: http://lumberjocks.com/EricMSaperstein/blog/28599. I’m trying to figure out what this cost,...