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 Paul Rulli

By the age of ten, Paul Rulli was well on his way to developing a life long interest in the history, culture, art, and temperament of colonial America. Born and raised in Sturbridge Massachusetts within walking distance of Old Sturbridge Village, Paul was a frequent visitor and an eager student. This eagerness and sincerity prompted Paulís father to grant access to the workshop and the tools therein. It wasnít long before the love of woodworking and the beauty of antique woodworking tools merged to create a desire to build Period American Furniture using authentic methods.

After High School, Paul took the traditional path of the men of his time and pursued a degree in Civil Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Years later, this training proved to be an asset in the careful renderings and attention to details the art of reproduction furniture making requires.

During his student years and while pursuing his career, Paulís love for 17 th and 18 th century America only grew. During this time, the restoration of two antique homes and eventually the furniture appropriate to these homes began to take precedence over his engineering career. Every spare moment was spent studying the furniture, its makers, and the local influence of the period. The basement workshop soon grew too small and in 1998 Paul began his life long dream of becoming a full time furniture maker.

Currently housed in a typical New England factory, Paulís workshop is a spacious, well lit working studio crammed with his collection of antique tools and works in progress. Although self taught in cabinet making and joinery, Paulís search for knowledge has led to attending classes at the North Bennett Street School and membership in SAPFM (Society of American Period Furniture Makers). He has also been fortunate enough to view the Garvan collection at Yale University and never misses an opportunity to visit Winterthur.

Paulís crowning achievement has been his selection into the Early American Life Directory of Early American Craftsman for the last 5 years.

Paul and his wife Lynn reside in beautiful Woodstock Connecticut in yet another antique home.

Paul Rulli design : handmade reproduction period furniture.

 
 
 
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