I had to write and tell you how pleased I am with cabinet you built for me.
When we first talked at the beginning of this collaboration I told you that
I was looking for a 'great execution of a simple design' - quality being the
name of the game. And that is exactly what I got. It's beautiful. The
picture's you sent me didn't remotely do justice.
Also, please accept my apology for the stream of phone calls I made to
discuss the merits of the additional three-eighths here and quarter inch
there that I always seemed to think was important. If it ever tested your
patience you certainly never showed it. I can honestly say that I enjoyed
those conversations. They made the project more personable and the
experience that much more memorable.
So thanks again RJ.
Wishing you nothing but the best,
New York City April 11, 2006
Well R.J., I
really don't know what to say.........
THANK YOU - I
waited two years to have the right person build this cabinet for me and chose
you after many months of talking to local people in my area. They just didn't
seem to care or want the work. Thanks for listening to me and really grasping
my vision for this spectacular display cabinet. It is much more than I
imagined and, the finish, which I was really nervous about, is perfect. After
going back and forth with samples and pictures you nailed it! I am so pleased
that I intend to dream up another piece to match it. As you know, I am in the
furniture business and run a high-end furniture and design store. I also come
from a family of carpenters so woodworking is all around me. But, your talent
for building fine furniture is showcased in my piece. There is nothing that
compares to American made quality, talent and artistry. You have it all.
Also, your personality and enthusiasm about building this for me, (a total
stranger) is why I selected you to begin with. I thank you from the bottom of
my heart.....it is a masterpiece!
Thanks so much for your
beautiful cabinets. You did
an outstanding job. It was
such a pleasure working with
such a craftsman and expert.
Please feel free to use
Paul and I as your
reference. Once we get
settled we want you and your
wife to come over. We can
take some nice photos to add
to your collection of fine
woodworking! Thanks, Terry
"It was a real pleasure working
with RJ Fine Woodworking from start to finish. RJ doesn't just build
you a piece of furniture, he turns your concept into a beautiful
reality, while meeting all deadlines. I couldn't be more pleased with
the outcome and look forward to many hours around my new sushi table
with family and friends."
The audio cabinet that you made for us is even more beautiful then we
imagined. Your attention to detail and workmanship is excellent. You
truly are a craftsman as well as an artist. My wife and I have
received many compliments and could not be happier with the outcome.
It has been a pleasure working with you on this project and I hope to
do it again in the near future. I already have some ideas.
Stony Brook, NY
Our dining table is sublime. Only a superb artist/craftsman could
have created such a simple, elegant piece of furniture. We look
forward to working with you again
Hey RJ Your newsletter is a terrific idea and very well done!
With your talent, you will be famous someday. Can't tell you how many
compliments we have gotten on the cherry dining room table. We are so
delighted you did it for us. We believe we couldn't have gotten anyone
else to come anywhere close to doing the topnotch job you did.
Bonita Springs, FL
Hey RJ this is Tony I just wanted to call and let you know how the owners just loved the tables you made and to let you how there was some appreciation for all your hard work .They look great in the lobby and the Marriott people thought they were just great I will be in back touch with you we have other projects to talk about Thanks again Tony.
Saia Trim Group
Congratulations! It gives me great pleasure to inform you that you
have been chosen to receive an honorable Mention award in CWB's Design
Portfolio Award competition. Your home/entertainment center was chosen
as a winner in the Residential Furniture category and will be featured
in our special coverage of competition winners in December issue CWB
We will be sending you Honorable Mention certificate which can be
displayed in your shop. In addition you will receive 50 reprints of the
magazine section after the issue is completed. Look for them early
next year. I am including a copy of a press release announcing the
winners of the contest, if you would like to forward it to your local
Thank you for participating in the competition and for taking time
to enter your work. We are proud to feature it in our magazine. We
wish you continued success in your custom woodworking business and
hope to see more entries from you in the future competition.
CWB custom Woodworking Business Magazine
The entertainment center you made for us exceeded all our expectations. It was our first experience with someone creating a piece of furniture. It has been a positive experience in every way. Your help in designing and the small details you suggested resulted in an entertainment center which has a common response from all who see it ---Wow!! We hope you will be able to create more for us in the future.
Olga and Larry Lasater
To Whom it may Concern:
When my wife and I decided to have a custom cabinet made based on the bookcase originally designed by Gustav
Stickley, my biggest concern was finding a craftsman who understood the principal's of the ART and Crafts design and had experience with
Stickley style keyed tendons and dark oak finishes. When we met RJ we wound up having a very long and interesting conversation about
Stickley family and Arts and Crafts furniture after which I was confident that RJ not only knew his stuff, but that he was also receptive to our ideas. We already had the original plans for the bookshelf design that we wanted to use, although the dimensions needed to be altered to fit 12" record albums instead of books.
During the construction process, I dropped into the shop several times to see how everything was coming along. R.J. always made me feel welcome and took the time to show me everything he was ding. When it came time to do the finish, I had a couple of ideas in mind which R.J. was very open to The finished product was exactly what we had in mind, which is as great a compliment as I can think of for this piece, being based on the originally Gustav
Stickley design I was very familiar with. I found R.J. not only a very talented artisan, but also extremely honest and open about every aspect of our project. We definitely plan to use him in the future, and I would recommend him without hesitation.
If our cabinet was a product in any of the furniture stores around, I am certain the cost would have been at best comparable and probably more expensive, and the quality would have certainly been far less that what R.J. Built for us.
R.J., I received the
display case today in perfect condition. It’s exactly what I wanted in
every detail, and beautifully crafted. My compliments and
appreciation. Feel free to use my name if you ever need a customer
Thanks again. It was
a pleasure to make your acquaintance.
New London, CT