Adam Mathews hand makes early American furniture of New England and Pennsylvania. He specializes in decoratively painted furniture from history that dates between the late 1600’s through the early 1800’s. Adam is a self taught furniture maker who originally was a successful illustrator. Innately drawn to old weathered surfaces as an artist, the transition to reproduction furniture maker was a natural extension of his paintings. He is a single man shop making fine furniture one piece at a time. He employs traditional joinery including pegged mortise and tenon as well as hand cut dovetails. Adam turns all the turnings used in the construction of his furniture. Drawer bottoms are hand chamfered and all lumber is hand planed. His paint finish is tradional milk paint mixed from powder. The surface is dry and further enhanched by a very subtle and minuscule reticulation. Adam chooses to patina the brasses and hand forged iron used on his pieces. For the most discriminating customer he can offer the finest brasses, imported from England, which are lost wax cast from original period brasses. Adam often works closely with clients to create exact copies from history or adaptations to fit their needs.
Working from his barn and c.1800 stone home in the historic rolling hills of south eastern Pa., Adam has been included in Early American Life magazine’s Directory of Traditional Craftsmen since 1996. His work has also appeared in Old House Interiors Early Homes magazine, Chester County Town and Living magazine, and Weston magazine.
You can also view my work in my web galleries at www.adm-furniture.jalbum.net.