Works of a Craftsman
have clients talking
Helen E. McKinney
GOSHEN, Ky. (May 2003) The right piece of furniture
can accentuate the interior of a room, providing the homeowner complete
satisfaction. It can also become a treasured family heirloom, passed
on from one generation to the next.
Chuck Forino, owner of Forino Furniture, can fulfill both of those requirements
for his customers with one stop at Forinos shop, located at 11936
W. Hwy. 42, Goshen, Ky.
Forino at his shop
Forino crafts styles ranging from contemporary to early
American, and anything in between. His ability to convert a 2x4 into
a piece of fine furniture stems from years of experience.
Ellen Wilson is one of a dozen interior designers for Ewald and Associates.
She has placed several of Forinos pieces in her clients
Wilson said Forino is attentive to the clients expectations, taking
extra time to explain how he will craft a certain piece of furniture
and what the finished product will look like. He takes pride in
his work, she said.
Forino said he will often present seminars to clients and designers
to showcase what he has to offer, the materials he uses, and an overall
presentation of how he conducts his business.
Most of the time people know what they want, he said. Customers
can bring in their ideas, which Forino then transforms into concrete
designs, bringing an inanimate piece of wood to life.
Forino said that 60 percent of his custom-built furniture business pertains
to the conception of new furniture. Customers may want to add a piece
to an existing ensemble or match a certain finish. Furniture he has
crafted includes sleigh beds, gun cabinets, roll-top desks and wall
The other 40 percent of his business stems from antique refurbishing.
While he can redo an antique piece from scratch, Forino said it is important
to keep the integrity of the antique.
After completing a work, he produces a finish for it and delivers it
himself. His prices vary, depending upon the type of wood used and degree
of difficulty in designing and craftsmanship. Some customers may prefer
intricate dovetails or detailed carving or turnings, while others may
request a simple design.
He is even open to having customers come into his shop for specialized
seminars. If a customer wants to come in to learn more about woodturning,
Forino said he is happy to teach them what he knows. He said many homeowners
want to do certain projects themselves, and he is able to provide them
with hands-on experience.
Wilson said Forino crafted kitchen cabinets and a mantel for one of
her clients. His versatility in crafting two totally different pieces
of furniture revealed his wide range of artistic talents.
Every handmade piece he creates is different, Forino said. He mixes
all of his own finishes, which are not chemically based. Soap and water
are all that are required for cleanup.
Also, Fornio was impressed with local artist Josh Bells painting.
Bell has added decorative touches to childrens furniture that
Forino has assembled.
Bell has earned designation as one of Forinos exclusive artists.
Woodworking comes naturally to Forino, a New Jersey native. Its
all Ive ever done. I dont know anything else.
Over the past 20 years, he has gained valuable woodworking experience;
first from his father, a general contractor, then from his uncle, a
kitchen cabinet maker.
He then decided to go into business for himself, and relocated to Oldham
County two years ago from Arizona.
Forino said he has learned a lot by working with others. He was taken
under the wing of a gentleman of German descent in Phoenix for a time.
He said the experience was very instructional.
To set an appointment with Forino, call and leave a message
at (502) 228-0502.
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