Don't Flitch! The Newest from Artisan Richard Nardone

Don't Flitch! The Newest from Artisan Richard Nardone

Sarah Firshein
Apr 27, 2010

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree—and in this case, the tree, if fallen, turns into lumber for woodworker Richard Nardone. Nardone is a fourth-generation artisan who runs his studio from Jersey, some thousands of miles from Avellino, Italy, where his great grandfather, a cabinet maker, was known about town as a "perfezionista rigoroso"—"strict perfectionist."

Nardone, a member of the Sustainable Furniture Council, sources only from responsibly harvested forests, environmentally responsible mills, or from foresters who salvage trees that have fallen or need to be cut due to construction or highway development. Nardone's new Calaggio Credenza (named for the river that flows from Avellino) is a low-board piece designed to work against a wall or as a room divider. The edge case is made of sustainable solid American black walnut; the top free-form shelf is made of a rare oversize Canadian maple burl slab with a natural-edge surround.

In true Nardone fashion, there's absolutely zero hardware; the corners and bottom are seamed via hand-cut dovetail joinery. Then there's the masterful pains he takes to preserve the natural shape, color and texture of each flitch. And although each piece is custom ordered and no two are alike, we still consider him a truly progressive version of a perfezionista rigoroso.

Visit Nardone's studio for more info.

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