Made in Maryland: Home furnishings

Made in Maryland: Home furnishings

Today, furniture from all over the world is easy and often inexpensive to come by, but there remains a demand for quality furnishings made by hand. Maryland is home to dozens of businesses producing hand-crafted, often one-of-a-kind furniture, mirrors, lighting and other items for the local market and beyond.

Furniture designer practices fine art

11:27 AM EDT, April 25, 2012

Furniture designer practices fine art

If you take a peek into furniture maker Bill Hergenroeder's shop in Cockeysville, you may be surprised at what you don't see: no computer-assisted drawings or other high-tech design aids. He prefers the simple life.

Artisans show off concrete style at Luke Works in Baltimore

1:46 PM EDT, March 15, 2012

Artisans show off concrete style at Luke Works in Baltimore

A decade ago, artisan Mark Melonas was piecing together a living teaching sculpture at the Baltimore School for the Arts, doing some freelance graphic design and staging exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Info: Where to find Luke Works

1:28 PM EDT, March 15, 2012

Info: Where to find Luke Works

Founder and lead designer: Mark Melonas, whose nickname was Luke, has a design and sculpture degree from the University of Maryland and a master's in furniture artisanry from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. But he began working in the basement of his family's Howard County home, making furniture with his father. He cast his first custom-designed sink in the kitchen of his Bolton Hill apartment 10 years ago. Today, the company he founded specializes in custom concrete and wood products.

Made in Maryland: Niermann Weeks' mission is crystal clear

December 18, 2011

Made in Maryland: Niermann Weeks' mission is crystal clear

Chandeliers were the first thing Joe Niermann designed. And it was five years before he sold one. Now the bejeweled iron and crystal silhouettes are his signature.

Made in Maryland: Giving trees a second life

2:36 PM EST, November 17, 2011

Made in Maryland: Giving trees a second life

Jim McMartin and Jim Beggins make their living creating beautiful pieces of furniture from the wood Mother Nature leaves behind, and she was particularly careless with her trees this fall.

Bosley Mouldings is in the family mold

4:14 PM EDT, October 12, 2011

Bosley Mouldings is in the family mold

I wish I had met Bosley Wright three years earlier.

Baltimore artists give homes the finishing touch

4:07 PM EDT, September 7, 2011

Baltimore artists give homes the finishing touch

Commonly known as faux finishes, decorative painting techniques have been used for thousands of years. The approach can give new life to old furniture or give the appearance of any number of finishes.

Family forges history at Baltimore ironworks shop

1:01 PM EDT, August 12, 2011

Family forges history at Baltimore ironworks shop

Upon entering the G. Krug & Son blacksmith shop, I was handed a pair of safety goggles and immediately knew I was in for a treat.

Russell & MacKenna Furniture: Maryland's cottage industry

12:07 PM EDT, July 8, 2011

Russell & MacKenna Furniture: Maryland's cottage industry

For a little over a century, starting with the end of the Revolutionary War, Maryland craftsmen were producing some of the finest home furnishings anywhere. Inlaid bellflower furniture, painted furniture, repousse silver, case clocks and other goods made in Baltimore, Annapolis, Frederick and elsewhere during this period are still admired for their design, quality and craftsmanship.

Made in Maryland: About the series

August 12, 2011

Made in Maryland: About the series

Today, furniture from all over the world is easy and often inexpensive to come by, but there remains a demand for quality furnishings made by hand. Maryland is home to dozens of businesses producing hand-crafted, often one-of-a-kind furniture, mirrors, lighting and other items for the local market and beyond.

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