For all the damage she caused, Hurricane Sandy actually gave us a boon or two. The Seaport got a Smorgasburg. Manhattanites can now point to Red Hook on a map. Nirvana got back together.
Each piece features thick slabs of wood (some culled from uprooted trees, others washed up on wind-lashed beaches), and many have blackened steel bases and legwork.
Lavishly-lacquered dining tables with hand-carved dioramas covered in glass.
Coffee tables carved from single pieces of driftwood, with brass “butterflies” (think the bandage, not the bug) bridging the natural cracks in the grain.
Dalí-inspired domed clocks.
Simply give the man a shout. “Come see the shop – the tools, the wood, everything I do.”
Or if you’d prefer, he can pay you a personal visit to get a feel for your space, needs and aesthetic bent.
“Most of my jobs are custom,” says Samko. “I like to feel what my client needs.”
Pieces take 8-10 weeks to complete, but are more than worth the wait.
Thank ya kindly, Sandy.