If you live in Malone you’ve doubtless seen the striking new doors on the Congregational Church. Meet the builder. Surprisingly young. (I’d guess he’s in his late twenties.) I figured that the art of making iconic wooden doors would be more likely found in an elderly, seasoned artisan. Someone with a gray beard. Not in this case.
David is largely self-taught. He watched his grandfather (who raised him) and several other craftsmen. The rest came from YouTubes and websites. A graduate of Clarkson with a business degree, he turned his back on all that to work with wood. To work not so much with power tools, but his hands. It’s kind of mystical. Don’t ask him to build you a house. Tell him you want a set of beautiful doors, and watch a grin spread over his face.
Notes on my conversation with David:
David tried to match the doors to the originals, including the width of the diagonal pieces/insets. “On the 45° angle portion, there is one little piece that is slightly wider on one door than on the other, because this is what the original doors had. I matched everything up with the original doors. The originals did not match perfectly, either.”
“The original doors were made of individual bead boards, not glued together. I made the new ones out of panels that were glued together to look like the originals, because I didn’t want water infiltrating them and rotting them like the originals. Thus you will notice differences in the doors in that respect. Also, the moldings on the interior of the new doors are more elaborate than the originals, because I wanted to add something unique to the new set and I felt the more elaborate moldings would set them off nicely.”
The Franklin County Historical Society was insistent about wanting original doors. “The
originals were oak of some sort, though it was so rotted you couldn’t tell what kind of oak, plus the originals had a softwood core, like a Douglas fir. My doors are built of solid white