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Our shop and showroom at 20 John Williams Street in Attleboro, MA, closed on January 1, 2020. We will NO LONGER be building custom furniture going forward. Thank you all for supporting our business for the past 46+ years! It has been a joy restoring your antique furniture and creating art furniture from reclaimed antique materials for you and your families. We hope that our life’s work of restoring, salvaging, reclaiming, recreating and creating has brought a smile to you, your families and future generations.
We have stored many boxes and shelves full of antique treasures of all kinds, most of which was purchased in the 1970’s and 1980’s when we were located in Norton, MA. We now have time to unpack those treasures and opened an eBay store in February 2020 called “Pinnacle Pickers”, with an average of 650+ antique pieces for sale! Check it out at http://www.ebay.com/str/pinnaclepickers.
 
We are posting daily so you just might find a unique antique item for gift giving or to add to your collection! If you or someone you know has antique items they want to sell, please contact Steve via email. Steve is interested in small antique hand tools, furniture hardware (drawer pulls, hinges etc.), barn hardware (strap hinges, barn door rolling hardware), early paper items, photos, Vintage items, etc. It is very helpful if you could email pictures of what you have to sell and Steve will get back to you as soon as he can. We are no longer buying furniture.
The best way to contact us is email at info@creativeartfurniture.com We wish you all good health and joy every day of your lives.
Sincerely,
Chris and Steve Staples

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Old wood is good wood

If you want to get some new furniture for your living room or kitchen and want some nice wooden pieces, then don’t just nip down to your local furniture store.

Old Wood
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We all know that the world’s forests have been depleted at an astonishing rate.  Currently one third of the planet’s land area is covered with forest – nearly 4 billlion hectares.  But since agriculture began 11,000 years ago, the natural forests have been reduced by 40 per cent.  Three quarters of this loss took place during the last two centuries, in order to clear land for farming and because of the demand for wood.

For the planet to function properly, we need forests. They stabilise soils and regulate the water cycle.  Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide, and forests provide habitation for flora, fauna and wildlife.

During the 1990s, 8.9 million hectares of forest were lost every year.  There is now extensive effort being made in reforestation (replanting of trees) but the planet still loses forests equivalent to the size of Panama every year.

So, although much furniture is now manufactured with wood taken from renewable sources, where for every tree felled another two are planted, it is still a greener choice to buy furniture made from reclaimed wood.

Reclaimed wood is old wood – that has already been used for floor boarding or joists in old houses, for example.   Planed, sanded and re-varnished it can be used again to make any kind of wooden furniture.  Pieces made from reclaimed wood have a different depth of tone and colour to those made from new wood, and are generally far more attractive.

Of course, not every item of furniture can be produced with reclaimed wood, it wouldn’t be a practical option. The frames on sofas, for example, are usually made from new wood. And reclaimed wood pieces are generally more expensive. But if you have the choice, and wish to make a contribution in favour of the planet, spend a little more on your coffee table or dining table, and enjoy the beauty of reclaimed wood.

 

SCREW EXTRACTION

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A brass screw broken off and left in a trunk lid where once it was one of 5 screws holding firmly one of two hinges, can be quite a daunting task to remove without leaving a large hole in its place.

The remainder of the screw head is too short  and too soft to grab with a pair of vice grips and turn to remove from the wood.

To remove the screw, slice a slot in the top protruding section with a dremmell cut off wheel.

Cut the slot deep enough to snugly fit a screwdriver tip.

Keep a firm downward pressure on the screw as you begin to turn.

Continue to firmly and slowly turn the screw, being careful not to break the thin edge walls of the screw slot you have created.

Carefully turn the screw until it has been removed.

 

 

HAND TURNED COFFEE TABLE LEG DESIGNS

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At a client's request, we recently designed a new coffee table leg made from walnut pictured below.  We call it the octagon leg.  It adds a subtle refinement to a reclaimed wood coffee table.

We also offer two other designs.  The first one is our old stand-by  hand turned Windsor coffee table leg made from pine pictured below.  Steve designed this leg with his mentor over 30 years ago.  We call it our Windsor style leg because of the up-sweep at the bottom of the leg, which goes well with authentic Windsor chairs.  He also turns a longer version of this Windsor style leg for our dining tables.

Below is a more massive version of the Windsor style leg pictured above.

ANTIQUE STRUCTURAL BEAM CANDLE HOLDERS

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Over the past holiday season, I was inspired with a unique idea for candle holders.  As some of you may know by now, I truly hate to throw anything "old" away or worse into the kindling bin.  So I decided to take some of my various structural beam end-cuts that were not big enough for table legs or most anything else and created wonderful candle holders for the holidays (or for anytime of the year).  First I sanded and finished them, then cut square holes just the right size to insert glass votive candles holder.  They make beautiful and practical centerpieces for the dining table or most anywhere you want to place a candle.  If you're looking for a unique gift this just may be the ticket!

TREASURES FROM FALLEN TREES

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The Plum Tree Lamp

As a result of some of this year's storm damage, many folks lost their favorite trees.  One of our clients brought in a couple sections of two different trees lost in their yard, one a plum tree and the other a dogwood tree.  She asked if I could make a bowl from each of the tree sections.

Due to the damage, the plum tree came apart in two sections.  There really wasn't enough wood to turn a bowl.  However, after a good sanding to remove all the sharp bark and a coat of epoxy, I was able to drill a hole through the center of one half and create a stunning rustic lamp!

Shown above is half of the plum tree section.  I had to remove the lichens when sanding the roughness off the bark.  The finished lamp base I was looking for was to be less rustic than the photo here.  I felt it would be more suited to a home environment.

Here is the finished lamp!  I did not have a "before" picture of this half of the lamp base.  The first picture shown is of the other half.

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