Ron Crosby had strong motivation to give up his day job as a salesman for injection molding equipment, a heart attack in 1994 at age 40. He wasn't in bad shape, so he figured on-the-job stress was the cause. He opted for a less-stressful job and pursued his love of woodworking, a passion since his childhood. He opened a one-man shop in Powder Springs, Georgia, in 1994 and seven years later enlarged the operation into The Ron Crosby Gallery in Marietta, Georgia.
Crosby doesn't make just any kind of furniture. He specialized in the formal furniture of the 18th Century, hand-carving with period appropriate tools. To speed general construction, however, his shop is equiped with power tools as well. When making a chair or cabinet, he starts with the classic woods of the period, chiefly cherry and mahogany, reserving limewood for precision carving. He finishes each piece himself using his own formula of turpentine, linseed oil, and beeswax. For period appropriate hardware, he turns to Ball and Ball in Exton, Pennsylvania.
Although Crosby has been selected as one of the best handcrafters in America, his goals remain modest. He aspires only to make a good living by making great furniture.
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