Artisan Profiles


Read about the lives and work of renowned artisans practicing traditional artistry and craft. These talented people are long-time exhibitors at the Designer Craftsmen and Historic Home Shows. Look for more profiles in the weeks leading up to the show on Jan. 28–29, 2017!

Pierced Tin Designs by Country Accents

Since 1979, Country Accents has been designing and creating handmade tin, copper, and brass panels fashioned one hole-punch at a time. Theresa Sullivan is owner and president of Pierced Tin by Country Accents. Theresa Sullivan is the owner and president of Country Accents; she oversees a group of skilled artisans, some with more than 30 [...]

Peachey Hardwood Flooring

For 20 years, Peachey Hardwood Flooring has been making unique, custom floors from Appalachian lumber. Company president and CEO Don Coleman, with the Appalachian Mountains behind. “I enjoy seeing fine craftsmen create one-of-a-kind floors for appreciative owners,” says Don Coleman, Peachey’s president and CEO. “Our company tagline is ‘The Beauty of Nature. Perfected.’, and that’s [...]

DR Dimes

For over 50 years, D.R. Dimes has been crafting museum-quality furniture, growing from a one-man shop to an American institution. Douglas P. Dimes, president and chief designer at D.R. Dimes. In 1968, Douglas R. Dimes walked into the shop of Windsor chairmaker Leroy Partridge and immediately knew he had found his calling. Despite holding down [...]

Amos Glick, Craftsman in Iron

Today’s Featured ArtisanAmos Glick, Craftsman in Iron In Pennsylvania’s Amish country, a long tradition of craftsmanship produces legacy structures in recycled iron and aluminum. Left: Amos Glick presents examples of past projects at last year’s Historic Home Show. Right: Composed of almost 100% recycled materials, this curved entry rail has a zero-VOC finish. Amos Glick [...]

John Thiesen: New Lighting

John Thiesen: New Lighting Thiesen has recently moved into rustic, Arts & Crafts-inspired lighting; his company Custom Furniture & Fabrication has been offering furniture and cabinets for over 30 years. Left: John Thiesen is an accomplished artisan in many fields. Right: The rustic lamp with birch-bark shade and slag glass is from John’s new business, [...]

Vernon DePauw, Wood Carver

Vernon DePauw, Wood Carver From mercantile signs to scenic art, Vernon DePauw creates unique carvings in the folk-art tradition. His carved eagles are coveted collectibles. left: Vernon DePauw demonstrates his carving techniques at a craft show. Right: Greyed-down colors are preferred by DePauw; that gives his work the look of old folk art  Vernon DePauw [...]

Michael Connor Builds on the Past

Michael Connor Builds on the Past Based in Middlebury, Vermont, Connor Homes has been perfecting period residential construction for 40 years. Michael Connor hit on the idea of panelization as a means of making antique house styles more affordable. The average person easily could mistake a house built by Connor Homes as an antique. That’s [...]

Erickson’s Antique Stoves

Dave Erickson, Rescuer of Stoves For more than 35 years, Dave Erickson has been restoring old stoves, returning them to safe and productive use. His workshop is a Victorian-era train depot in Littleton, Massachusetts. Dave Erickson on the porch of the old depot that serves as his shop. Once described as “an artist of cast [...]

Heidi Howard, Sign Maker & Painter

Heidi Howard, Sign Maker & Painter In a bucolic corner of Connecticut, Heidi Howard creates the illusion of the past in trade and tavern signs fashioned in the style of 18th- and 19th-century New England sign painters. Heidi Howard’s folk art captures the look, feel, and artistry of early American hand-painted signs. Each piece is [...]

Pennsylvania Firebacks

Celebrating his company’s 35th year, Del Conner of Pennsylvania Firebacks created the thriving revival of the historical and decorative cast-iron back plates that protected early American fireplaces. —by Mary Ellen Polson J. Del Conner is nothing if not a Renaissance man. A historian, artist, inventor, and amateur astronomer, he combined many of these talents when [...]