Craig Farrow

Craig Farrow


Faces of PTN: Member Spotlight

My interest in building replicas of 17th and 18th century American furniture began in 1972 from a Humanities professor of mine in college who introduced me to period tools and early American furniture.I started gathering tools, studying styles, design and construction, visiting museums and historic sites, going to sawmills, and working in earnest. I continued this self taught education for eight years and went into business in 1980.

The body of my work in New England and predominatly Connecticut River Valley furniture from 1620 to the Federal period, has run the gamut. Furniture of every sort and style period, simple to elegant, from pine to mahogany, interior and exterior architectural work as well. Raised paneled walls, wainscoting and moldings, carved doorways and fireplace mantels, staircases and several shell top corner cupboards, all made with period planes I restored or re-profiled.

Throughout these 43 years is included untold numbers of repairs, restorations and conserved work, including two rare and unique Queen Anne high chests of museum stature. Since the 1970's I have presented many educational demonstrations for schools, museums, historical societies and at historic sites. From 1986 to 1994 I served as president, vice president and program co- ordinator for the Old Woodbury Connecticut Historical Society.

Craig Farrow
Burlington, Vermont

Turning a front leg for a 17th century armchair from the Winterthur Museum. The lathe shown is a mid 18th century great wheel one that I purchased from I.M.Wiese Antiquarian from Roxbury,Ct. In 1972 and I've turned thousands of pieces and thousands of hours...a labor of love indeed!
Headboard for bed
18th century New England chip carved spoon rack.
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