Friday, July 21, 2017

We don't always build in Creole and Acadian design!!  This is a very contemporary piece made in walnut.  Pam Perret, Interior Designer here on the Northshore, designed this table many years ago.  We only just built it recently.  The top is in a chevron pattern.  The round apron is made with veneer that was made here in the shop with the original matching material of walnut.  I love this table and didn't want to see it go!!Here it is in Pam's Living Room.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

This large piece is called a Creole Vaisselier Dresser.  It is finished in a custom paint with a dark stain base with a chalk paint overlay.  The chalk paint is then rubbed through to expose the dark stain underneath.  It is then sealed with a clear top coat, waxed with our standard French wax and buffed.

This piece is an interpretation of  piece built in New Orleans in the early 1800's.

The dimensions are 8'h x 6'w x 21"d.  It has adjustable shelves in upper cabinet, three drawers with hand cut dove tails and three doors with adjustable shelves inside.  It is a beauty!!!!!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

This is a Greg Arceneaux design for a custom pedestal table we shipped to Kansas.  The pedestal is actually made of 14 pieces.  The drum of the pedestal is 31 slices of the antique cypress.  this project required geometry for the many slices and angles, jigs for most of the slices and pieces and lots of engineering!!

This is the final product

Here are some of the pieces / parts

This is the coming together.........

This is the total 14 pieces of the pedestal.  Our dear customer, Sandy, received the table this week and this is what she sent me via text:  "It is beautiful, elegant, and has so very much personality all at the same time.  Hard to translate into words but here's some I have chosen.  Grand A Magnificence that is achieved thru talents and skills combined with age/passage of time.   Alive!!   Giving.   Happy and Playful.  Motion/Movement.   It's own, Unique.  Amazing!!!   Can you tell we like it?  Thank you both again for making this table for us!!"


Thursday, May 25, 2017

We are just about finishing our Jazz Fest shipments.  Benches to Philadelphia, Cutting boards all over, Bautac chairs to Mississippi with two more to yet build, coffee table to Canada, dining table to San Francisco, Turned post chair to NY,NY.

We are going to retire our signed but beat up copy of "Furnishing Louisiana, Creole and Acadian Furniture, 1735 - 1835".  Thanks to our friends at The Historic New Orleans Collection who published the book in 2010.  When Michelle from HNOC came to our booth and noticed our book she was pleased to see it and sent us a new one!!

Here is a Bautac chair.
Here is a turned post chair.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Mardi Gras Indian Stories

We completed our furniture exhibition at Jazz Fest for the 30th consecutive year of showing at the Louisiana Market Place.  It is an awesome Fest with fabulous music, food and showing our Louisiana's culture, heritage and traditions.

One of my favorite treats there is the parading of the Mardi Gras Indians.  The Indians are a unique part of New Orleans culture.  They are African Americans who make Native American suits, a new one each year.  They start parading on Mardi Gras
Day, with their biggest parade on St Joseph's Day.  St Joseph's Day is an Italian American holiday celebrating the prayers to St Joseph delivering Sicily from famine.  So in effect you have African Americans parading in Native American suits that they make themselves on an Italian American holiday!!  Part of the gumbo of our culture.  The Indians have their own music culture like the Wild Magnolias, The Wild Tchoupitoulas, Yellow Pocohantas, There are 30 plus tribes all over New Orleans.

Growing up in New Orleans our family with other families would ride in the truck parade on Mardi Gras Day.  All the families would spend weeks of preparation decorating the truck with a theme and making our costumes for the Big Day.  Early morning on the Big Day the truck parade would line up at the corner of Claiborne Ave and Canal St.  At a very young age I was treated to the sight of the Indians coming out of their neighborhoods in full suits and lining up for their Big Day.  They would call out and we would call back.  I would always throw out my beads to the Indians as they passed by the truck and was always out of beads by 7:30am Mardi Gras Day!!

That's why seeing them and hearing them at Jazz Fest warms my heart.

All Photos are taken by our daughter Sarah Arceneaux

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hi, I am Liz Arceneaux.  Greg and I have been together since the mid 70's.  I officially joined him at his work in 1995.  Some of the things I do in my job is work with customers, people, designers, businesses, marketing as well handling all the finances!!  From my previous job of many long years as a Nurse Midwife you can say I now deliver furniture instead of babies and don't take calls at 2am.

Our next stop is the biggest show where we exhibit at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  We will show in the Louisiana Market Place on the first weekend for the 30th consecutive year.

Please stop by and say hello and let me know you saw this  on our website.

See you soon.