Eric Jacobsen apprenticed under nationally known woodworking instructor and author, Lonnie Bird, for two years before beginning his profession with one of the finest high-end 18th century reproduction furniture makers in the country. Jacobsen felt very fortunate to be a part of such a respected shop. During his first three years there, he worked a double shift, eight hours building commissioned pieces and eight hours building furniture for himself.
"I was determined to build this furniture at the level of the extremely talented craftsmen in the shop. I was particularly interested in developing my carving skills," Jacobsen said. "I deliberately chose difficult projects and fought my way through them."
During his seven years apprenticeship, Jacobsen developed and made hundreds of exact reproductions and custom pieces such as Newport double and low chests, Massachusetts high chests, Philadelphia rococo carved chairs, Philadelphia carved high chests, dressing tables, secretary desks, and carved Charleston beds. He also spent considerable time restoring quality antiques.
“Restoration work helped me understand the ins and outs of quality furniture, and in the long run made me a better furniture maker,” said Jacobsen.
During this period Jacobsen mastered 18th century construction techniques and incorporated them with the most intricate carvings. He was afforded the opportunity to build, single-handedly, a set of 18 Philadelphia rococo carved chairs that now grace one of the grandest homes in the Delaware Valley. From the variety of clientele and assignments he mastered the end-to-end furniture development, construction, and finishing processes.
In December 2002, Jacobsen launched E. Jacobsen, Furniture Maker, with a large commission for a suite of antique reproduction Caribbean furniture, further broadening his repertoire of periods and styles. Eric enjoys the entire process of furniture making from selecting and milling timber to applying the finish and hardware. He prides himself on matching the wood and the details with the spirit of the piece. Finally having his own shop, he can assure that his pieces represent the quality and consistency that collectors expect.
Jacobsen lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife Amy and their two young children, Avery and Evelyn.
E. Jacobsen Furniture Maker 973 Hopewell Rd. Oxford, PA 19363 Phone: 610-547-4983 Website: www.EJFM.com
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Biography updated February 9, 2021 Photograph updated February 9, 2021Contact information updated May 8, 2006
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