Joel Ficke is a furniture maker who enjoys building the finest pieces from the William and Mary, Queen Anne, and Chippendale periods. He gained an appreciation for early American furniture and history several years ago while he was renovating a 19th-Century home for use as a bed and breakfast.
Ficke’s firsthand observation of the differences between modern and pre-industrial millwork, construction techniques, and even finishes challenged him to understand and re-create them, inspiring his passion for 18th-Century furniture.
"Each piece presents its own challenges in authentic joinery, shaping, carving, and finishing while at the same time stimulating his academic curiosity about the original makers and their tools, techniques, and even shop conditions," he noted. With so many wonderful pieces to study, he finds them a source for a lifetime of learning.
The deadline for applying to enter the 2020 Directory of Traditional American Crafts has passed. Applications are now in the hands of the jury, who will select the best artistry to include in the Directory. When the judges have completed their selections, we will individually notify each participant whether he had been selected. Please refrain from contacting us during the jurying process. It will only slow things down.
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Early American Homes
For Sale in Virginia
Historical reproduction of the Red Lion Inn on Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg. Heart-pine floors, period hardware & lighting, custom millwork, 3 wood-burning fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths including marble master bath. On Jones Creek with dock & lift.. $610,000.