NJ State House Fixups

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 01-09-2012 05:33 AM 1286 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Click Here to view the article ‘Artisans’ do work at the Statehouse‘ by John Tredrea

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

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 06:09 AM

What a cool job, probably a stupid question, but how old is that stuff? As old as NJ?

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 06:09 AM

Pretty impressive work Eric, is this something you participated in making?

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 04:46 PM

Great job Eric, to bad they weren’t in session so they could see what hard work is all about.

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 07:34 PM

what an honor to have your company selected to do this work, you and your dad are premiere wood workers who deserve jobs like this…and it continually shows the need for artisans like you and other wood workers for this kind of work…thanks for sharing this with us, the wood work in there is just beautiful…enjoy being a part of its history…grizz

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#5 posted 01-09-2012 07:49 PM

You’ve got the skills, brother! Excellent save.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 01-10-2012 08:03 AM

We didn’t get to build the setup there – way before my time. 1920’s I think … all solid oak and combination machine/hand carved. We just come in to keep up the maintenance. We could do it from scratch but nobody seems to be footing the bill for much work like that these days!

What was interesting on one of the repairs is Klise Manufacturing probably made the original bead molding on the desks, and there was a lot of odds and ends of that missing. I sent them a sample of it and got the exact molding to replace the missing pieces.

This is a critical thing – with our industry in general taking a major hit I hope companies like Klise can survive and keep doing what they have been doing for 100 years. We can’t do our work without the support of suppliers of all sorts!

Thanks for the feedback!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#7 posted 01-10-2012 04:05 PM

I certainly understand that and i hope companies like that can make it through this terrible time the country is in, but from what i have heard of your company and your abilities, cant you duplicate what they need if it came down to that, im sure if for some reason the company closed and you had no place to purchase replacement moldings, you could do it yourself couldn’t you..grizz

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#8 posted 01-12-2012 06:55 AM

Yes we could duplicate a lot of things – but bead molding is a PIA. Klise is setup to do it in volume, we bought 100ft of it and finished it to match and the state archived it for any future need. That’ll cover them for the next 100 years! For us to do it by hand would be horribly time consuming, to setup equipment expensive … so having the dedicated company making molding is best!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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