Type of Work: Artisans

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

Dale Hobson outside Racquette River Printshop

Proprietor Dale Hobson outside the back door of Racquette River Printshop in downtown Potsdam’s historic Cox Building, 1978. Out of frame to right is the shop canoe, on the river bank below the downtown bridge. Meal breaks on the water and evening paddles were a regular employee benefit. Photo: courtesy Dale Hobson

Allen Hoey and Paul Davison examining printed proofs

Poet (and small press publishing partner) Allen Hoey (left) examines printed proofs. Artist and press operator Paul Davison looks on. Racquette River Printshop, 7 Market St., Potsdam, NY, January 1978. Photo: Dale Hobson

Dale Hobson using a graphic arts camera

Dale Hobson in Racquette River Printshop, 7 Market St., Potsdam, NY, January 1978. Adjusting enlargement on a vertical graphic arts camera. A home made darkroom extension closes in the top, containing a home made vacuum back for holding film sheets flat. It was powered by an antique Electrolux home vacuum cleaner. Photo: courtesy Dale Hobson

Dale Hobson with paper cutter

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

Buff knitter Katie Cross with her wares

Buff knitter Katie Cross with her wares

Katie Cross standing by her house holding buff knitted slippers. Katie knitted slippers and sold them. Buff knitting is a unique Adirondack craft, which Katie worked to preserve. Circa 1980. Johnsburg, NY.  Photo courtesy of The Adirondack Museum.