G. L. Sawyer of Norfolk, VA has taken his love of Early American primitive furniture and turned it into a highly successful reproduction business. His work was recently featured in Better Homes & Gardens’ Wood magazine (April 1999).
The William and Mary style highboy pictured at right is a popular piece in his line of distressed 18th century reproduction furniture. He and his finishers diligently strive to make the furniture appear aged and well broken in. From worn, wavy tabletops to crackling paint, he has developed a look that goes beyond antique – sometimes verging on rustic, and his clients love it.