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|Farm Table Buying Guide
||Creative Art Furniture and Wabi Sabi|
|The Story of the Signet Mark:
When Stephen Staples first started restoring antique furniture, beginning in 1973, he frequently saw an interesting round mark on antique pieces he worked on. In 1981, when he started building reproduction furniture from new wood, he created a process of aging the wood to look old. He called his method of aging “adding the embellishments of time”. He added color, dings, nicks and marks that are naturally left on wooden furniture as it travels through generations of time. Through the years, he spent much of his time studying antique furniture. What captivated his attention were the colors, patina and texture of aged finishes.
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He also noticed how it was worn in various places from pie crust cutters, meat grinder clamps and knives when a table was used as a cutting board, etc. Stephen often found partial pinwheel marks left after someone had sat fascinated with the spinning of interwoven circles with a compass.
Today this pinwheel mark is Staples’ company logo. Stephen’s clients cherish his pinwheel signet mark that he adds to the surface of all his creative art furniture pieces, much like an artist signs their canvas.