Meet Stephen Muscarella: Reclaimed wood creations

The folks at CustomMade just put up a nice feature on my brother and the things he’s been building.

Meet Stephen Muscarella: Reclaimed wood creations

The folks at CustomMade just put up a nice feature on my brother and the things he’s been building.

My brother is doing some pretty hot furniture work these days.

lefttorightfurniture:

NYC Map Table complete. Collaboration project with Made-In-ChinatownI made the top. He made the sexy bottom. Maps of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Buffalo, and Long Island covered with clear resin and varnish. Framed with walnut, maple, oak, poplar, and teak. Thanks to Ouigi and The Brooklyn Circus for pointing out and providing the maps and Pete Raho for the wood. 48x20x14. For Sale. $1600.

See the Creation Story

“He had always told me that a man is at the peak of his powers from his late thirties to his early fifties, when he has forced the world to hear his footsteps—that a man comes into the peak of his powers when he has power and the world at last bends to him. He never told me, however, that that power can be measured by the number of secrets a man knows and keeps, and that when it became my time to make the world heed my step, I would want to know his secrets, for the paradoxical purpose of safekeeping and promulgation. My father’s fashion tips: I’d listened to them all my life, and now that I was finding myself living by them, I wanted to tell them to the world, if only to understand where in the hell he got them; if only to understand how someone like my father can come to know, without a moment of hesitation or a speck of doubt, that the turtleneck is the most flattering thing a man can wear.”

Tom Junod, My Father’s Fashion Tips - GQ

Junod won a 1996 National Magazine award for this story; it reminded me of my grandfather.

Highlight reel.

Highlight reel.

I spent a large portion of the last two weeks sideways, sailing the Maine coast with my brother (and picking up some cousins for a day trip).

Photos: Tom Case

My brother’s taken to a corn-cob pipe.

My brother’s taken to a corn-cob pipe.

The S/V Ramblin’ Rose went in the water this weekend.

The S/V Ramblin’ Rose went in the water this weekend.

My grandmother turns 80 today and had a party last Saturday. She was a queen then and she’s a queen now.

My grandmother turns 80 today and had a party last Saturday. She was a queen then and she’s a queen now.

This past weekend I went south with my brother and father to live out a Hemingway-esque fantasy of sport fishing and skin diving. I’d never been sport fishing before. We caught slightly more fish than birds.

This past weekend I went south with my brother and father to live out a Hemingway-esque fantasy of sport fishing and skin diving. I’d never been sport fishing before. We caught slightly more fish than birds.

No sledding trip is complete without a light saber. For the record, my cousin, Elias, is a Jedi.

No sledding trip is complete without a light saber. For the record, my cousin, Elias, is a Jedi.

My brother’s been in town for a few days. This is right before the part where he started pouring sake down my arm.

My brother’s been in town for a few days. This is right before the part where he started pouring sake down my arm.

Family weekend: new cousins!

Ghosts in Vermont