Great Woodshops: Recreating Greene & Greene

James Ipekjian has built a career on reproducing furniture designed by Charles and Henry Greene.
By Robert W. Lang
Pages: 80-84

From the December 2006 issue #159
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James Ipekjian didn’t set out to become an expert on reproducing the early 20th-century furniture designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene, and he can’t really explain how he got to be where he is today.

“If there were a contest for the luckiest woodworker on the planet” he says, “I don’t know if I’d win – but I think I’d be one of the finalists.”

Today, he works alone in a comfortably cluttered but remarkably well-equipped shop located near the ultimate bungalows built by the Greenes in Pasadena, Calif. In the 1970s, Ipekjian was working as a model maker in the aerospace industry, and building projects from Popular Mechanics out of plywood in his garage. Bitten by the woodworking bug, he wondered if he could possibly make a living working with wood. A commission for an 18th-century highboy, as well as dissatisfaction with his job, led him to give it a try.

From the December 2006 issue #159
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