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Customer in Residence Alumnus Creates Beautiful Wood Carvings


One of the exciting “side effects” of our Customer in Residence (CIR) program has been the special bond that is created between the program alumni and the people of our company.


For example, this week we received an email from Janette, a CIR alumni from this past Spring. Janette attended the program with her dad Joseph, who is an accomplished woodcarver in his own right. Together with master craftsman Jim Boisvert, Janette and Joseph built an Aria Writing Desk during their CIR week here in the shop. When Jim heard that Joseph creates wood carvings, he gave Joseph a block of cherry to take home. Joseph took that block and carved it into a beautiful dolphin statue as a gift for Jim...

(the carving sent to cabinetmaker Jim Boisvert)

Now Janette has sent a photo of another remarkable carving by her dad, which he did shortly after completing the dolphin carving for Jim. We are amazed! This time Joseph has brought his talent to bear on a carving of the Aria Writing Desk that he had built with his daughter...

Without the quarter on top, it would be hard to tell that it wasn’t the real thing (shown at right). So now Janette has the full size desk; and Joseph he has this one.

The details in Joseph's work are really remarkable...to view at a larger size, click on this thumbnail:

Here’s a shot of Jim, Janette and Joseph in the shop just prior to finishing the actual full-size desk that they built together...

(the trio and their Aria desk)

You also might enjoy this video clip of Janette and Joseph talking about their CIR week at the final signing ceremony on the last day of their stay with us:

Thanks to Janette and Joseph for sharing these photos with us, and to all our CIR alumni for their continued support and friendship!