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When I have a special woodworking project for myself or my clients, the first person I call is Rodger Manley.  He literally can make anything with wood.  He builds double hung windows like they were built in 1750, or 1880, or you name it.  He loves old homes and I have seen him replace 200 year old windows and exterior details, that when he was finished, you could not tell the new from the old.

Although Rodger can build anything, I have to say we do work with talented specialists who might be first in line to build a detailed kitchen, or a curved stair that seems to float between floors, but when I need a special accent window, a complex historic detail, or an inspiring front door, he is the person I would call.  Recently, a client of ours decided to use some antique fluted columns in her home renovation.  She did not have enough to complete the project, so I suggested she speak to Rodger.  Sure enough, he came through.

Building the Raw Column

Building the Raw Column

In Process

In Process

Finished Column

Finished Column

Details

Details

From monumental columns to one of a kind reproductions, the same attention to detail is applied.

Detail Reproduction

Detail Reproduction

Rolling Barn Doors

Rolling Barn Doors

I love to cook.  Since I am always trying new recipes from all over the world, I end up with a lot of different spices.  For years I had been plagued with a spice drawer that had plenty of room, but no way to find the spices which were 3 bottles deep.  Roger and I chatted about a way to fix my existing spice arrangement, and below you can see the new alphabetized, organized, easy to access, drawer he built.

Overfull Spice Drawer Before

Overfull Spice Drawer Before

Organized Spice Drawer After

Organized Spice Drawer After

Elliptical Window

Elliptical Window in Project Under Construction

Elliptical Window Under Construction

Elliptical Window Under Construction

Above is just the tip of the iceberg when I comes to Rodger’s work.  You can see more on his facebook page: Manley Woodworking or on his web page: www.manleywoodworking.com

 

 

 

By Published On: June 12th, 2017Categories: Miscellaneous4 CommentsTags:

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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4 Comments

  1. Sharon Mahar June 17, 2017 at 9:55 am

    He did windows for either side of our front door that were works of art. A true artist.

  2. James Crisp June 17, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I agree 100%

  3. Suzanne Barrett Justis June 18, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I have known Rodger Manley since we were kids. Even then, his attention to detail was amazing on the work he did in his shop in his family home basement. He is the man for the job with anyone’s woodworking needs. He is an amazing craftsman and artist !!!

  4. Ellen Manley Luft June 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Rodger is my brother and I can truly say that he loves what he does and his work is amazing and beautiful!

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