|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 01-09-2012 05:33 AM||1312 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Here’s a couple quick snapshots from a day at the NJ Statehouse – we went through a whole punch list of minor repairs and touch-ups on various pieces within the Senate chamber.
Ongoing repairs / maintenance keeps things alive. We replaced an assortment of missing pieces and waxed the entire unit. We also blended in a lot of areas rubbed raw from cleaning and constant use.
Extract from the Article:
”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.”
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com