Joseph Spinale Primative FurnitureJoseph Spinale Primative Furniture Artist: Joseph Spinale
Handcrafted Reproduction Early American Furniture
My name is Joseph Spinale, and together with my wife Ellen, we have been creating our line of18th and 19th century reproduction furniture. After 20 years I can say its good to work with your best friend! We love the smell of our sawdust laden shop, cough, cough. We start from scratch with pine. Much of early American and farmhouse products were made from this wood, it also hand planes perfectly. There is alot of commercial work available today,but if you are looking for artisan workbench quality,your at the right place. Our Americana creations are truly authentic, with hand chipped paint off of the corners and latches, it produces a historic timeworn look. Our handmade cupboards even feel old. The texture is where we really pride ourselves, where the paint has been distressd off, it reveals old looking patina. It creates depth, which tells a story of years of paint layering. There are subtle amounts of surface fluctuations, with tiny nicks, and dinks that pull it all together. There is a balance of beautiful color and age.
All our drawers are dovetailed,with raised panel bottoms. Nail heads are slightly countersunk and square. Most of our pieces have reproduction hardware, and you can always add it . We also have a much more rustic primitive finish too, for the true believer. On these pieces we remove almost all of the paint, except from corners and crevices. At the time of writing this letter, we have a few in our ebay store. We have 13 painted distressed colors to choose from, and 5 stain colors for our pine farm tables, which are pegged mortise and tennon construction. The tops are handplaned and have depth and richness! Our tables have a slightly satin sheen. Our painted pieces are flat. There is nothing worse than a shiny appearance on historic work. Some of our cabinets are of a more formal construction, lending them more of a Williamsburg look, especially our entertainment centers. Almost all of our cabinets can be turned into wonderful tv cupboards. Artisanship takes takes alot of time, but in the end, its worth it. Thank you Joseph Spinale.