Keith G. Boyer specializes in 18th-Century Pennsylvania German and New England painted furniture and folk ar. He has pursued woodworking as a hobby since the mid-1990s. Mostly self taught, Boyer has taken several workshops at Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe in York, Pennsylvania, most notably with Eli Rios, Gene Landon, and Linda Carter Lefko.
Born and raised in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, Boyer has been collecting antiques since an early age and has combined this passion with his interest in woodworking to create pieces that are based on documented antique furniture and folk art found in museums and private collections.
Boyer uses appropriate decorating materials, such as shellac and milk paint, as well as appropriate construction methods, such as dovetail joints, to create pieces that are historically accurate and true to the 18th-Century originals. Each piece is made entirely by hand, one at a time, using mostly hand tools.
A variety of decorating and distressing techniques, all done by hand, are then applied over a period of time that can often exceed the actual construction time. It is Boyer’s intent to produce historically accurate pieces that bear the signs of wear and patin” as found on actual antique pieces. Rather than making obvious reproductions, Boyer strives to create individual pieces that, in his words, "look 200 years old and as though they were just discovered in your grandparents’ barn."
Currently residing in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, Boyer is the university photographer at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP); earlier, he pursued a 25-year career as an award-winning photojournalist. Boyer has had work published in Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and newspapers worldwide. Boyer is also the co-author of two books published by Crane Hill Publishers, Birmingham, Alabama: Revelations: Alabama’s Visionary Folk Artists and Welcome to Lickskillet.
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