Owl in the Poplar
I started working with the
Bergelins in June of 2000
building custom orders &
samples. When I first went
to meet with Thad & Chris -
seeing the sites & touring the
factory - it came up that,
though it had been a dozen years,
I had a lot of turning experience.
|162 Classic Post - under construction||
I had not been there longer
than a couple of weeks
before I was standing in
front of a lathe. Over the
next couple of years, we expanded
what turnings the Bergelin Co.
offered. One of the early
additions was the
#162 Classic Tall Post.
Choosing what parts of the post are cut 1st, or last, keeps the post balanced while it is turned.
With a little luck it stays 'wiggle free' start to finish.
Another skill I brought
with me was how I cut & fit
a dovetail joint.
During my apprenticeship at
Barr Cabinet Shop in the 1980s,
in addition to learning to turn,
learning to do this was an
|#218 blanket chest tray|
|#218 Louis Philippe Blanket Chest w/tray||
If you are a long time
& have ordered a
blanket chest at one time
or another, I was the one
who built it.
Until the spring of 2004,
I divided my time between
the Bergelin plant & my
own shop in Vale, NC,
building for them &
continuing my own work.
|This old hay barn on my farm was converted to a shop in 1989.|
|my shop at the Bergelin factory||
In June of 2004 the Bergelins
& I agreed to put together
an area for me in the factory.
Here in this dusty spot,
in addition to doing custom work
& turnings for the Bergelins,
I continued pursuing &
building my own designs.
And here I remained until
June of 2009, when the
Robert Bergelin Co. was closed.
In July Chris, Thad & I started
talking about continuing our
work together on a much
|my shop at the factory - June 2009|
|our 'new' shop - our 2nd order||
So, in January of this year
Bergelin Custom was established.
Located where the Chris Bergelin
Design sample shop was some 15
years before, we are now offering
the same quality & attention
to detail customers have come to
expect from the Bergelins & myself
For more on my apprenticeship years, as well as pictures of my own work
- or maybe just another story or two -
please visit the Owl section of this site - Owl in the Poplar
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