November 6th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Last week I wrote about customizing your furniture by using unique drawer pulls. We have many different style (Shaker, Modern, Mission, Traditional, Wood and Metal) custom drawer pulls to choose from at Stonehurst (our new fine furniture and art gallery). But often customers want something very special and unique so we work with a variety of local artisans to serve as connectors when the need arises.
Coincidentally we had a visit yesterday from Donlin Foreman, owner of Horse Hill Handles a small business that makes custom leather, brass, bronze and iron drawer and door pulls. You may know Donlin as a professional dancer and co-founder of On Common Ground Dance Performance and Educational Products. He’s a “20-year veteran of the Martha Graham Dance Company and has performed with Eliot Feld Company, Jacques d’Amboise National Dance Institute, and La Scala Ballet. He has staged works for NJ Ballet, Ice Theatre of NY, La Scala Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. As co-founder/director/choreographer of Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Donlin choreographed 25 ballets and presented six seasons in NYC at the Joyce Theater, two seasons at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the America Dancing series/Kennedy Center, the Melbourne International Festival and other international venues.
Donlin performed at the White House for President Reagan and holds numerous honors, with critical and professional acclaim. He served as Professor of Professional Practice in the Dance Department of Barnard College, Columbia University, has published a book of poetic writing, contributed to the Martha Graham issue of Choreography and Dance, Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines; and for two years chaired the Dance Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts. Donlin now lives in Harrisville with his wife Jenny and their two young sons. He is on the staff at the New England Center for Circus Arts.”
After an illustrious career in dance, Donlin is developing a business making handcrafted custom drawer pulls of unique combinations of leather, brass, bronze and iron suitable for doors, cabinets, and furniture. You can find a selection of his work at Hanna Grimes Market Place in Keene or contact him directly through Facebook.
We wish you all the best of luck with your new venture, Donlin!
October 16th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
I blogged about our Vermont Woods Studios selection of drawer and door pulls the other day. We're happy to install your favorite hardware on any of our chests, dressers, cabinets, buffets, armoires and so on.Anyway, I was looking for an American company that makes handcrafted drawer and door pulls so I could provide a link to them for our readers and a customer suggested Knobworks Vermont. They provide beautiful blown glass, lathe-turned wood and milled brass hardware. Check them out!
October 14th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
If you're shopping for a cabinet or a dresser or really any type of furniture that has doors or drawers, how important is the style of the door or drawer pulls to you?
Have you ever found a chest or armoire you like, but didn't consider it because the knobs were awful?
At Vermont Woods Studios, all of our door and drawer pulls are customizable. You can choose from the custom hardware shown here, or send us your own pulls if you're looking for a more colorful or exotic knob.
I've been looking for a company we can link to that provides American-made, handcrafted door-drawer pulls, knobs and handles you might like, but I haven't found anything yet. Do you know of anyone?
I did find a company called Sunburst Knobs that has all kinds of cool knobs. Theirs are made by artisans in India and each is unique. Check them out and let me know what you think!