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Artisan Woodworkers, of the south, was founded, 1989 by Gerald "Gerry" Thurston. A 3rd generation craftsman, he was taught at an early age the skills of cabinetry and fine woodworking.
Loral Thurston, was a school teacher, and antique furniture restoration
specialist. Gerry's father,
Raymond, a professional cabinetmaker, furniture artisan and homebuilder, spent
his career doing what he loved, working with fine woods. Gerry, always a
hobbyist in fine woodworking, is a retired IBM business partner involved in
developing computer communications software.
He is now doing what he loves, bringing his ability together with the
skills of other talented artisans. Whether its caning a chair seat, carving a
replacement parts for your favorite antique, or restoring an heirloom, to the
original finish, maintaining and/or recreating the original patina is the goal.
affiliate craftsman and
artisans are members of local Woodworking Guilds and Art Associations in Georgia
and worldwide. The pool of talent is quite diverse and has the skills to tackle
those near impossible restoration projects. Gerry, a qualified antique furniture
appraiser, is also a member of the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association and the
Woodworkers Guild of Georgia. He has attended and taught numerous classes,
specialty courses and seminars for restoration and preservation. What he cannot
do directly for you, his affiliates are available and anxious to assist.