Wood pieces, like cheese boards, large platters, peppermills, and end tables go from rough lumber to fine finish in our shop. We hand select Pennsylvania hardwoods from local mills for beauty, stability and durability. Designs are simple and elegant to preserve the primacy of the wood’s beauty and assure design durability. Wood pieces are made one at a time using traditional shop equipment, some hand chisel work, attentive hand sanding and multiple layers of hand applied finish. Furniture is built with 1/2” by 1” mortice and tenon joints.
All phases of cast metal production for serving bowls and elegant metal platters are done by us except for the hot pours (done at two local factories), and final technical coatings. We use both sand and lost wax casting. Cast metal comes back to us for cutting, grinding and polishing before going to other local shops for special technical coatings, where 21st C technology comes in. All of our process partners are within 60 miles of our shop. These collaborations allow our family business to learn, grow and make what we want as we envision it.
Collaborations come in other forms as well; world renowned chefs like Eric Ripert and Jean-Georges Vongerichten come to us to combine their culinary zeal with our broad skills and high level of craftsmanship. Fine serveware developed for use in their restaurants is also offered by Artifaqt.com to the wider audience of home food enthusiasts who are looking for beautiful, functional serveware for entertaining and day to day use.