A few days ago we received a flyer from Frederic Ducklow CO. (sp) a seller of fine furniture. We stopped ages ago in their Portland PA store and signed the mailing list.
I pointed out some Stickley Furniture in the catalog/flyer that I liked to LOML. She says - oh , maybe we should go to the Stickley House in Morris Plains NJ (15 minutes away). I had NO IDEA it was there!
They (Craftsman Farms) have a busy event schedule over the summer and I'll have to look into going and looking around. I need some inspiration!
Never been to the Craftsman farms but if you like Stickley furniture, the Riordan House in Flagstaff AZ is awesome. There are even a few pieces of Harvey Ellis. If you have not been the next time you get out west it is definitely worth the stop.
I am a craftsman furniture freak. It does not hurt that I have two Craftsman homes one from a Stickley plan.
I found out there was such a place AFTER I moved 2400 miles away.
“We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk Soon to have a web presence! www.reynoldswoodcraft.com (under construction - a long way from done)
I though I'd drag this post out of 2009 and into the present.
LOML and I went to Craftsman Farms today and took the guided 11:15 AM tour. Since we were the only 2 people on the tour it was nice as we could interact with the docent on a more personal level.
The tour centers on the family home and the immediate grounds around the home. The house was sold furnished to a family when Stickley went bankrupt and it remained in their family for a LONG time.
At this time they said that they have about 80% of the original furnishings and some of the stories are fantastic on how the furniture was donated or came back on loan to the Farm.
I enjoyed the visit and we will keep an eye on their calendar for other events.
In Syracuse some descendants of Gustav Stickley have a museam with tours. Nexttime we pass thru we might need to investigate.
PS: I have just determined that the Nakashima studio in New Hope PA with self guided tours on Saturday afternoon. I'm 99% sure we drive past the studio on the way to Rice's Market in New Hope (a flea market).