Artisans of the Valley is a unique father and son company specializing in period furniture reproduction and restoration, custom built-in woodworking, and unique sculptural folk art. A wide span of specialties, but these two eccentrics enjoy testing their skills across the woodworking spectrum.
Master Craftsman Stan Saperstein, the father, and founder of Artisans of the Valley, enjoys whittling and folk art in his spare time. Now retired from the furniture side of the business run by his son Eric, he has perfected his own unique variety of traditional civil war era hand made walking staffs, creating a twist on a nearly lost art form. Each stick is a signed one of a kind, offering an individual the opportunity to choose their own personal statement by the staff they carry. Through creativity and dedication, it is his desire to maintain the tradition of cane carving, by offering his skills to members of fraternal organizations to create unique and personal staffs fit to depict their lives.
Custom insignias can be carved, whittled, sculpted, painted, or burned into the finished stick including family trees, favorite designs, fraternity letters, business logos, or other endless options. Stanley specializes in producing a walking stick that contains as many personal distinctions as possible. Staffs are commonly topped with a whittled sculpture. Options include, bear heads, eagles, and wolves to the likeness of Lincoln, Lee, or Grant.
Collectors whom boast to have one of Stanley's staffs in their possession include the famous author and walking stick collector George H. Meyer, author of "American Folk Art Canes." Around the country, the popularity of cane collecting is a growing hobby; Forbes Magazine has recently reported a great art investment, American Folk Art Canes. These pieces of 1800 – 1930 Americana have soared in value in the past few years. This leap in value sparked a new interest in handmade canes, both antique and new.
Dimensions: All pieces made by commission to custom specifications