Type of Work: Artisans

Painting a handmade sign in Plattsburgh

KC Reiter painting a handmade sign in her home in Morrisonville

KC Reiter, left, and Rennie Fenwick painting a large handmade sign. Reiter has made signs for business across Northern New York and into Canada. Fenwick often did the graphics for the signs in the beginning of the business. Late 1980s. Plattsburgh, NY. Photo courtesy of KC Reiter. Read and listen to the full story on KC’s […]

Running Brown Dog Fiber Arts Studio in Chazy

Heidi Fortsch’s yarn business, Brown Dog Fiber Arts Studio, is her  passion. In 2018, she turned about 500 pounds of raw fiber into about 350 pounds of yarn, all from her 600 square foot apartment in Chazy. It all started back in 2012, when Heidi, a knitter of some years, became dissatisfied with the yarn […]

David Nichols crafting a custom guitar in Malone

David Nichols crafting a custom guitar in Malone

David R. Nichols cutting inlay pieces for a custom guitar. According to Greg Kie, Nichols has worked on guitars for BB King, Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, and Aerosmith. At one time, he was the only craftsman doing inlay work for the Martin Guitar Company. He’s something of a North Country legend, and a 1963 SUNY […]

Dale Hobson with printing press

Dale Hobson in Racquette River Printshop, 7 Market St., Potsdam, NY, January 1978. Press is a Davidson Dualith Duplicator Model 241, c. 1950. It could be used both for offset lithographic printing, or for relief printing from cast plates. Photo: courtesy Dale Hobson

Dale Hobson in Racquette River Printshop

Dale Hobson in Racquette River Printshop, 7 Market St., Potsdam, NY, January 1978. Machine is a cast-iron powered paper cutter built by Oswego Machine Works in 1903. Originally designed to be powered by belt and pulley from a central shop motor, its own massive 3-horsepower motor was attached c. 1930. Photo: courtesy Dale Hobson

Racquette River Printshop sign

Racquette River Printshop sign, designed by Paul Davison, depicts view from nearby bridge upstream toward Ives Park in Potsdam, NY. Photo: Dale Hobson