Jeff Balashak of Manchester had an early passion for woodworking. At a certain point in his high school training he began showing his shop instructors how to shape wood. His class projects of reproduction furniture nicely populated his parents' living room. Then there was the house fire. When the furniture restorers came to repair furniture as part the the insurance claim, they took note of Balashak's work - in fact, they hired him. Now, Balashak's work is a mix of his classical experience and his love of primitive folk art. He carves up rustic Santas, tiny work boots and figurative lamps and clocks, both rustic and refined. His more complex work involves 3-D dioramas of carved figures in a room setting. His favorite piece is a classically-designed case clock made with antique woods. He painted the face with 24-carat gold and fortified areas of the wood with inlaid butterfly key joinery, which is both decorative and functional. "I love using antique chestnut and other woods that might be found in an old 18th-century barn and giving it a new life," says Balashak. Shown here are his rustic clocks made from antique or new colanders and new wood. The faces are carved pine with hand-painted designs and numerals. The movement also swings the pendulum - either an antique kitchen tool or a new serving spoon, pie server, etc. As he says, " I enjoy mixing it up by using contrasts in time and color." Even Balashak's classical work is not truly a reproduction. He uses modern methods to embrace classical designs, but always adds his personal touch, whether it is with power tools or the power of imaginative thinking. Balashak's work is on display at Interior Additions in Concord. - Susan Laughlin Jeff Balashak, (603) 361-0661 Interior Additions, 38 N. Main St., Concord (603) 224-3414 www.interioradditionsnh.com Colander clocks range from $100 to $180 Classical clocks, orders only
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. Guide to Local Beer in NH's Monadnock, Lakes and North Country Regions
    If you’re a craft beer lover in New Hampshire, then chances are you know all about what’s...
  2. 2016's Best New Restaurants
    New Hampshire is bustling with new restaurants this year. Here's a guide to some notable openings...
  3. Beating the breast cancer odds
    Surviving, heading-off cancer a family affair
  4. Pamela Smart: Innocent or (Still) Guilty?
    After a quarter of a century in prison and the release of all others involved in the murder of...
  5. Is it Pneumonia?
    How to know when it's more than just a bad cold - and what you should do about it.
  6. Redefining Farm-to-Table in Bath
    The Farm at Woods Hill in Bath and Woods Hill Table in Concord, Mass., are a dining enterprise...
  7. Prison Notes from Pam
    Photographer David Mendelsohn carried out correspondence with Pamela Smart in conjunction with...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags