|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 09-24-2009 08:39 AM||4831 views||4 times favorited||16 comments|
When I reached a stage in my apprenticeship where “case” products were my specialty, I began the task of turning my house into a home by taking advantage of my skills as a furniture maker. The task of installing an array of custom pieces including an oak fireplace surround, a home theater, a fully functional walnut bar unit, a customized quarter sawn oak commercial kitchen.
Starting in 1999 these projects ended up spanning over three years. Time resources conflicted with Artisans of the Valley coming back online; my father declared he may just retire and drastically slowed the operations. This rebirth and transition into the internet world pretty well drained all my available time resources and life out of me for home improvement. THUS many of these remain just slightly short of finished to this day! (This was posted over 3 years ago … and yeah still not done circa December 2012!)
This oak fireplace surround is actually as close as it gets, I think all that is left is I need knobs and latches on the doors! The installation includes two full size bookcase units with solid oak raised panel doors, and a single connecting unit above the mantle. A solid two-inch thick mantle tops the brick fireplace. Carving accents include a traditional Bi-centennial eagle flying a banner saluting New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die” slogan. This accent is located in a panel above the mantle, and detailed using a wood burning tool and an acrylic wash for coloring. The unit houses my collection of leather bound books, and various “shiny brass objects,” as I prefer to call them. Likewise – it became a safe haven to display keepsakes and collectibles that I have accumulated.
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com