“Dick Kiusalas and the Artisans of West Barnstable Tables: Flow, Form and Fate,”
by Meg Pier
It could be said that the medium in which artisan Dick Kiusalas works is character. Considered as both essence and attribute, the term is evocative, inspiring, and often ennobling. In founding West Barnstable Tables in 1970, Kiusalas made a decision to be true to his own nature, and heed a calling to use his creativity and craft to channel the stories steeped within antique wood. For more than four decades, Kiusalas has built furniture pieces from architectural salvage elements that are artistic incarnations of historic artifacts, honoring the endurance, beauty, and dignity of elements that have often been a part of someone’s life for centuries.
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