Erwin and Judy Newman's Profile

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For the past twenty years, I have been a furniture maker, specializing in antique American styles inspired by the Federal period. The emphasis on lightness and simplicity and the use of fine veneers and inlays combine to create uniquely beautiful, classical designs.

My wife, Judy, and I have endeavored to follow these traditions in creating decorative boxes and furnishings. Each of our items is constructed using miter joinery to emphasize the beauty of the wood grain as it flows around the sides of the box. Inlays are decorations set into the surface of the box using pieces of thin wood veneer to form "pictures". Depth is achieved by darkening the edges of the veneer in hot sand, called sand shading. Our inlays are designed and created using several techniques, including: marquetry, banding, raised linlay and monograms.

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  • Joined November 12, 2009

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Mahogany, Cherry, Maple, Walnut, Inlay woods, Velvet, Brass

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About

For the past twenty years, I have been a furniture maker, specializing in antique American styles inspired by the Federal period. The emphasis on lightness and simplicity and the use of fine veneers and inlays combine to create uniquely beautiful, classical designs.

My wife, Judy, and I have endeavored to follow these traditions in creating decorative boxes and furnishings. Each of our items is constructed using miter joinery to emphasize the beauty of the wood grain as it flows around the sides of the box. Inlays are decorations set into the surface of the box using pieces of thin wood veneer to form "pictures". Depth is achieved by darkening the edges of the veneer in hot sand, called sand shading. Our inlays are designed and created using several techniques, including: marquetry, banding, raised linlay and monograms.

Perhaps this will explain some of the inspiration and techniques behind our designs. Our hope is that you will enjoy looking at and using our boxes as much as we have creating them. Many of the designs can be viewed here on our ETSY web site.
Visit our shop: http://www.classicwoodarts.etsy.com

Erwin and Judy Newman
Reston, Virginia

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