The nuts and bolts
The Guevaras are on a constant search throughout the northeast to find the best quality wood for their clientele. While some wood comes from barns in upstate New York, they source a large portion of their reclaimed lumber from Pennsylvania Amish country, and they hire Amish woodworkers to create some of their custom furniture. They’ve developed a close relationship with this community, and they rely on this group for their high-quality antique wood and their beautifully detailed and unparalleled craftsmanship.
But it’s Mauricio who designs the furniture they build. If you happen to walk into the showroom when they’re
not busy, you might find Mauricio sketching a new design for a chair or other piece that comes to mind.
And when it comes to their clients, the Gueveras are just as dedicated to them.
“The most important thing for us is to keep our clients happy and give them the best,” Mauricio says.
In their Mount Kisco showroom, customers can look through various pieces of wood that line the back and sides of the building. If they don’t find a piece they like, they may find inspiration for the type of wood they’d like to pursue. Or, they can browse the local warehouses.
Once they’ve selected their wood, the staff will help them design their dream reclaimed lumber piece – be it ceiling beams, a dining room table, a custom-designed chair, etc.
Next, in their New Jersey workshop, if the wood is not completely dry, it goes through a kiln to dry, which, depending on the thickness, can take about six months. Then, it’s either flattened or, usually, sanded down by hand. Afterward, they use epoxy to fill in any imperfections or holes in the piece. While most clients prefer clear epoxy, some select more vibrant colors, like blue, red or green. After a custom-mixed color is added to the lumber, they add their signature touch – a secret finish that is waterproof, wine-proof and UV-ray resistant.
“Even though it’s more expensive, I provide my clients with high-quality furniture and a guarantee,” Mauricio explains. “That’s why clients from ten years ago come back and buy new stuff, and that’s why they recommend us to other people.”
Patricia and Mauricio now regularly work with architects and interior designers throughout Westchester, Manhattan and the Hamptons.