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Brooklyn-based silversmith Valentin Yotkov teaches chasing and repoussé work, techniques that originated millenia ago and have roots in Bulgaria's Thracian gold treasures and fine sliverwork. Yotkov's decade of training in the craft involved intense study of excavated Thracian metal artifacts.
The contemporary designs of silversmith Valentin Yotkov.
John Derian's famous decoupage paperweights.
Robert Hand's award-winning duck decoys are painted in minute detail, showing off hundreds of painstakingly-placed brushstrokes. Each decoy takes several months to carve and paint.
Longtime friends Patrick Fenton and Willy Schwenzfeier, who have backgrounds in visual communications and product design, respectively, happened onto letterpress when they found one for sale in Williamsburg. They restored it, learned how to use it and started their custom typography business, Swayspace, in 2002.
The letterpress machine that the Swayspace owners found in Williamsburg and currently use to create their custom works of art.
Hudson Valley basket weaver Jonathan Kline lives in one of the last areas with plentiful stands of American Black Ash trees, which are noted for their ability to separate easily along their annular layers (a trait prized by Native American basket weavers).
We loved reading about New York?s famed craftspeople, like decoupage master John Derian, the Steinway & Sons piano makers and renowned mannequin crafter Ralph Pucci, but it?s the little-known artists that really fascinate.
Decoy carver Robert Hand--whose small Sag Harbor business attracts customers strictly by word-of-mouth--spends months painting each feather on his exquisite show birds; Daniel Storto operates the last glove atelier in historic Gloversville, where each pair is threaded and individually stamped from molds of customers? hands; Michiko Sakano makes mesmerizing pipe-blown glass installations with intense colors inspired by her mother, a kimono maker in Japan.
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