As I said in a post yesterday, I am advertising my business building Adirondack chairs with a local newspaper.
They are doing a feature called Summer Fun next week and they offered to do a write up about my business.
Here is the article.
Skilled wood-worker turns passion into business
By, Amy Buster
They say if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Area wood-work craftsman Russell Pisciotta is living proof. Having worked in the Info Technology field for years, although it was challenging and in-demand, it didn’t satisfy him at the end of the day.
“I wanted to be working more with my hands,” said Pisciotta. Then he discovered the web-site, lumberjocks, and things started to fall into place. It is his resource for any design or wood-working related questions or quandaries.
“I’d done wood-working on the side for projects and remodeling around the house for years. I had the tools, and the sources for wood, so I thought why not start making things for sale.”
He started his own business, “Outdoor Furniture Design”. His product of choice, Adirondack chairs, Deck Tables and Benches, and Deck Building and Repair.
“All of my chairs are contoured in the seat and back for maximum comfort. You simply won’t want to get up when you sit in one of these hand crafted chairs,” according to Pisciotta.
Adirondack chairs and tables can be made from a variety of woods, Pisciotta recommends pine or cedar (non-aromatic).
“All furniture can be painted or stained, and all of my chairs are sealed with Spar Varnish, which will insure many, many years of use,” explained Pisciotta.
His technique involves sanding down with three different grits of sandpaper in order to get the smoothest finish. If a chair is made of pine, the next step of the process would be to use Charles Neil pre-color conditioner in order to even out the winter and summer circles.
“It’s sort of a milky glue-like substance, it gives the wood a uniform surface, and doesn’t take on a blotchy (smeared) type appearance,” said Pisciotta.
The last step in the process is the staining, which he normally recommends either be Red Wood or Natural, and then two to three coats of varnish.
“You can’t put a time-line on quality. I’m a staunch believer in if you are going to do something, than do it right. I’ve done a lot of remodeling and building over the years, and this type of work just never gets old to me. Nothing is as satisfying to me in my work as to see the finished product after all of your efforts and to be completely gratified with the finished product” said Pisciotta.
All of the furniture is custom-made to order, he carries no inventory. Photos of his work are available upon request at Russell.Pisciotta@gmail.com. The complete process of producing one chair takes on average four days, and most orders, depending on their size, can be completed within a week.
-- Mom always said, "you can do anything you put your mind to." The older I get the more I realize she was right.