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About

Artisans of the Valley is the last of the true 18th century craftsman – we are a father and son studio founded in 1973 offering museum quality antique restoration, period reproductions, original design furniture, woodcarving, sculpture, and wood turning.

Master Craftsman Emeritus Stanley D. Saperstein passed on the trade and the talents to his son, and now Master Craftsman Eric M. Saperstein. Eric partnered with a third master Michael Pietras who introduced a modern perspective to his period mentality. The two are now trading skills to provide restoration services for all furniture, a new portfolio of modern furniture, and now an eclectic and eccentric array of wood turning projects.

Michael and Eric have introduced a new twist on turning manzanita burl; sourced in southern California this product of firebreaks and road construction was previously discarded and burned in mass. Although it produces a vibrant fire like coloration of red, yellow, and orange with inclusions of brown, white, and black, the material is so harsh and unpredictable to work with that it is often shunned by wood turners. Many try, most turn away in frustration; it’s this exact quality that caught the attention of Eric and Mike.

Manzanita Burl Bowl #12
Manzanita Burl Bowl #12
Mixed Bowl Display
Mixed Bowl Display

Meanwhile experiments in spalted and otherwise rotten materials that likewise would be tossed in the firewood pile by most artists yielded some amazing results. Treatments and stabilization procedures have proven successful and they are on their way towards utilizing this natural resource.

Spalted Copper Beach Bowl #1
Spalted Copper Beach Bowl #1

Producing unique turnings requires some heavy equipment; in this case they are looking to purchase and configure a new lathe. We are evaluating equipment and will purchase, depending on our funding success, we are getting a Powermatic lathe, then hopefully a Vega bowl lathe.

Each of these professional machines gives us the advantage of safety, weight, power, vibration dampening, control, performance, and flexibility. Each must be outfitted with a series of proprietary and general equipment, accessories, sharpening equipment, and tools.  This includes coring rigs, hollowing tools, tail stock drilling chucks, various inboard/outboard face plates and chucks, and additional turning tools and sanding equipment.

Spalted Copper Beach Bowl #2
Spalted Copper Beach Bowl #2

Our Kickstarter campaign is designed to provide funding for the purchase of this machine; we already have the skills, ambition, and space to operate it. We just need the machine! In return, we are offering the first bowls, vases, and vessels produced on this machine to our supporters.

The values listed are offered to be “at least,” meaning many will be far more valuable on the open market than our set value for this campaign. This is our way of thanking all of you for supporting us! We’re giving it about six months to obtain the machine, setup, configure, learn its quirks and behaviors. We’ll be producing bowls in that time frame, and we’ll include yours in that mix.

Stabilized Manzanita Burl Bowl
Stabilized Manzanita Burl Bowl

Don’t worry – we’ll hand select the best of breed as our rewards. We plan to produce far more than we need, and we’ll offer our backers the choice of those available in their bracket based on first contributed first pick! You’ll receive an original one-of-a-kind turning hand signed by both artists with a date and a designation that it was part of this project. Your reward is now your heirloom treasure, you may keep it or choose to sell it in time at an appreciated value.

12/18/2013 - additional info DOUBLE YOUR REWARD OPTION - please see the updates section for details. We will double your reward for charity!

Our portfolio is diverse so here's a few links:

Our main website: http://www.artisansofthevalley.com/

Artisans Quarterly Review - Some bowls showing in these

Latest Issue: Vol 6 Issue 2 - 2013

Vol 6 Issue 1 - 2013 * Vol 5 Issue 4 - 2012

Vol 5 Issue 3 - 2012 * Vol 5 Issue 2 - 2012

Click Here for our Turning Album on Facebook

Thank you for your consideration!

Eric M. Saperstein

Master Craftsman of Artisans of the Valley

Manzanita Burl Bowl #1
Manzanita Burl Bowl #1
Maple Burl Cap Bowl
Maple Burl Cap Bowl

Risks and challenges

What are the risks? Well, none really we've been in business since 1973, we're vetted and proven in our industry. You can find us online and our portfolio is extensive. This is simple, we just severely damaged our current lathe (it's almost 40 years old!) and although we plan to restore it, it's inadequate for our current and future needs. We're going to produce these turnings; so your reward is going be created and shipped.

We have two artists working on the project, so if one of us goes on the injured list the other picks up the slack. We really don't see a high volume in rewards here, our ability to produce these pieces will DRASTICALLY increase with this machine.

We have a virtually unlimited supply of materials from three suppliers for manzanita, we have a huge supply of spalted maple and other material on hand from Hurricane Sandy and other local sources. We have multiple lumber suppliers local and nationwide that can provide us with some of the most unique material imaginable.

Your contribution buys us the machine - we are then giving you back our time and the cost of materials in exchange for your generous support.

That's really it ... unless something totally tragic happens we're going to go to work like we do every day and we'll be producing art!

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    One of our collector's edition laser cut Gothic table fridge magnets! These are unique! We'll post a photo example in the FAQ ASAP!

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    A wine barrel wine stopper - antique oak turned to look like a miniature folk art barrel.

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    A completed one-of-a-kind hand turned ornament or ring bowl valued at least $100 in your choice of manzanita, spalted maple, or any material available in our inventory upon commission. Each bowl will be signed and dated by master Craftsman Eric M. Saperstein & Michael Pietras with a special notation of this project.

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    A completed one-of-a-kind hand turned bowl valued at least $250 in your choice of manzanita, spalted maple, or any material available in our inventory upon commission. Each bowl will be signed and dated by master Craftsman Eric M. Saperstein & Michael Pietras with a special notation of this project.

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    A completed one-of-a-kind hand turned bowl valued at least $500 in your choice of manzanita, spalted maple, or any material available in our inventory upon commission. Each bowl will be signed and dated by master Craftsman Eric M. Saperstein & Michael Pietras with a special notation of this project.

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    A completed one-of-a-kind hand turned bowl or vase valued at least $750 in your choice of manzanita, spalted maple, or any material available in our inventory upon commission. Each bowl will be signed and dated by master Craftsman Eric M. Saperstein & Michael Pietras with a special notation of this project.

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    A completed one-of-a-kind hand turned bowl or vase valued at least $1,000 in your choice of manzanita, spalted maple, or any material available in our inventory upon commission. Each bowl will be signed and dated by master Craftsman Eric M. Saperstein & Michael Pietras with a special notation of this project.

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Funding period

- (60 days)