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Notes from the Field: The Atlantic Workshop
By Karin Lidbeck Brent
If you find yourself drawn to these words: Re-Use, Re-Purpose, Re-Make, then The Atlantic Workshop is a place you need to discover. Scott Feen, the artist, furniture maker and proprietor of this workshop, is dedicated to creating highly sophisticated and unique furnishings and home decor out of things many would consider junk.Â His creations are ideal for the discriminating homeowner and clients looking for items and accessories that could never be found in a catalog.
Within his workshop you will find remnants of boats, buildings, factories, barns and mechanical equipment most would toss into a scrap yard. But Scottâs philosophy is simple: find old items and give them new life. The Chatham location of his workshop lends itself especially well to the uncovering of pieces of old boats and yachts, which Scott uses to create furniture with a nautical theme.
Scott, a serious sailor and furniture craftsman, blends his two passions to create items like this chair covered in old sailcloth. The attention to detail is made intriguing by including the spinnaker foot with its stainless steel ring on the side of the chair.
Imagine finding a 1940s fishing boat that had sunk into the mud, and then creating from that a Stern Couch. This small settee is perfect for a nook in a beachside home.
Nothing goes to waste and thatâs typical of The Atlantic Workshop.Â This small shipâs hatch table with stainless steel and bronze screws is an ingenious creation. A set of these side tables flanking a couch would be ideal.
As weâre all familiar with, coffee tables made from old rail carts (popularized byÂ Restoration Hardware), these real-deal and turn-of-the- century passenger baggage carts created by the workshopÂ are truly unique. Youâll never find two pieces that are exactly the same. Scott puts his stamp of ingenuity and individuality on every piece he creates.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
A gallery store on Main Street in Chatham features a constant stream of new pieces brought in weekly, plus the hand crafted work of other Cape Cod artisans. The workshop is just blocks away the gallery.
The Atlantic Workshop has a custom design division working with builders, interiors designers and businesses to fashion all kinds of custom furnishings for homes and businesses.
To find out more about The Atlantic Workshop, please visitÂ atlanticworkshop.com
The Atlantic Workshop
33 Depot Street
Chatham, Mass. 02633