Nick and his wife, Kristen, run their business out of a small studio in Langhorne.
It’s here that Nick designs and builds custom heirloom quality furniture. Settees, sofa tables and chests of drawers, all are functional pieces of art.
Nick approaches his work like a sculptor. He shapes and blends the wood, an unforgiving medium, the way some artist might mold a lump of clay.
Nick is probably best known for his rocking chairs. Each chair is a work of art with dramatic lines and graceful curves that are as comfortable as they are beautiful.
“To sit in a Nick Martier rocking chair is an event.”
Originally designed for Kristen, everyone who has sat in a Nick Martier rocking chair swears it was built just for them, from a 6’4” man to a 5’1” woman.
Nick acquired secondhand equipment, set up a makeshift workshop in his driveway and began woodworking in earnest.
Today in addition to his own woodworking business Nick teaches classes, gives lectures and volunteers. He is always eager to share his knowledge and experience with others who feel drawn to the craft.
“There are no secrets in woodworking,” he says.
The sun has set and the stove has gone out. A simple pencil sketch of a dresser sits on a worktable cluttered with rasps and gouges.
Wisps of smoke rise from a wood burning pen as Nick puts his signature on the finished product.
Just a few coats of oil and the piece will be ready for its new owner. But for today the work is done, it’s time to go home.
Find more info at nickmartierwoodworker.com or contact 215-932-7046.