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Our shop and showroom at 20 John Williams Street in Attleboro, MA, closed on January 1, 2020. We will NO LONGER be building custom furniture going forward. Thank you all for supporting our business for the past 46+ years! It has been a joy restoring your antique furniture and creating art furniture from reclaimed antique materials for you and your families. We hope that our life’s work of restoring, salvaging, reclaiming, recreating and creating has brought a smile to you, your families and future generations.
We have stored many boxes and shelves full of antique treasures of all kinds, most of which was purchased in the 1970’s and 1980’s when we were located in Norton, MA. We now have time to unpack those treasures and opened an eBay store in February 2020 called “Pinnacle Pickers”, with an average of 650+ antique pieces for sale! Check it out at http://www.ebay.com/str/pinnaclepickers.
 
We are posting daily so you just might find a unique antique item for gift giving or to add to your collection! If you or someone you know has antique items they want to sell, please contact Steve via email. Steve is interested in small antique hand tools, furniture hardware (drawer pulls, hinges etc.), barn hardware (strap hinges, barn door rolling hardware), early paper items, photos, Vintage items, etc. It is very helpful if you could email pictures of what you have to sell and Steve will get back to you as soon as he can. We are no longer buying furniture.
The best way to contact us is email at info@creativeartfurniture.com We wish you all good health and joy every day of your lives.
Sincerely,
Chris and Steve Staples
   About Us
        Stephen C. Staples produces eclectic, unique, timeless, environmentally-friendly furniture art crafted from 200 and 300 year-old reclaimed wood.  Owner with his wife Christine, master craftsman and furniture designer, Stephen has spent over four decades studying his medium, refining and perfecting his finishes and mastering his craft.  Today he produces some of the most unique and sought-after creative art furniture in the country.

        The wood that Staples reclaims offers not only incomparable beauty, but each board holds its own story having survived the rigors of time.  The heirloom quality furniture that Staples creates adds a lasting legacy to this historic wood.  Each of his creations is paper labeled, signed and dated and then he adds his unique signet mark on the surface.

 
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The Story of the Signet Mark:

When Stephen Staples first started restoring antique furniture, beginning in 1973, he frequently saw an interesting round mark on antique pieces he worked on. In 1981, when he started building reproduction furniture from new wood, he created a process of aging the wood to look old. He called his method of aging “adding the embellishments of time”. He added color, dings, nicks and marks that are naturally left on wooden furniture as it travels through generations of time. Through the years, he spent much of his time studying antique furniture. What captivated his attention were the colors, patina and texture of aged finishes.  

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He also noticed how it was worn in various places from pie crust cutters, meat grinder clamps and knives when a table was used as a cutting board, etc. Stephen often found partial pinwheel marks left after someone had sat fascinated with the spinning of interwoven circles with a compass.
This round mark, as well as many other marks, became the “time embellishments” in the new wood’s surface of his reproduction furniture. Clients started asking Stephen to add this pinwheel mark as part of the embellishments on their table.

Today this pinwheel mark is Staples’ company logo. Stephen’s clients cherish his pinwheel signet mark that he adds to the surface of all his creative art furniture pieces, much like an artist signs their canvas.





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