08/18/16 6:06am
(Credit: Krysten Massa)

(Credit: Krysten Massa)

The memory of exactly how their working relationship first began has since faded for David Nyce and Kristian Iglesias. But for the past decade, the two Greenport residents have always looked to one another as their “go-to guy.” In fact, the men — Nyce is a woodworker and Iglesias is a metalworker — have even become unofficial business partners.

“It’s like having a business partner without actually having a business partner,” said Nyce, a former Greenport Village mayor. (more…)

04/25/16 6:10am
Lampa, Aquebogue

Cliff Baldwin and Marta Baumiller, Lampa owners and artists, inside their Aquebogue studio. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

From the set of “CBS This Morning” to the public library in Madison, Wisc., the custom light fixtures produced and sold by lighting company Lampa are distinctly North Fork.

Lampa’s owners, artists Cliff Baldwin and Marta Baumiller, have been creating custom light pieces out of their Aquebogue barn turned studio and home since 1997.

The couple discovered the North Fork by accident in 1989 after taking the Long Island Rail Road to the end of the line. They rented and eventually owned a home in Greenport before making the decision to move to the East End full time.

“I was sick of living in the city,” Baumiller said. “I wanted to be closer to nature, but still close to the city. It was the best of both worlds.”  (more…)

04/21/16 6:03am
North Fork design

A vignette inside Dr. Kristina Ivy’s Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Long Island’s upper fork is already well-known for its farms, vineyards and restaurants. Now, people are buzzing about its design aesthetic.

“The North Fork is characterized by its maritime and agricultural roots, making it an eclectic mix of casual and coastal style,” said Caitlin Flynn, co-owner of North Fork Design Company.

According to NFDC co-owner Elyse Parkhurst, the area’s design philosophy encompasses “timeless furniture” with simple lines and accents of reclaimed wood, industrial elements and nautical-inspired pieces.

“We utilize relaxed fabrics, light and breezy colors and natural stone and sea grass rugs, along with rustic wood and textural elements,” Parkhurst said. (more…)

04/04/16 6:08am
Credit: Barbaraellen Koch

Credit: Barbaraellen Koch

The buzz of saws and sanders, a soft dust coating the floor and the smell of freshly cut lumber make the senses come alive when you walk into the workshop of East End Wood Designs.

There, co-owners Jeff Rogers and Mike Gillespie of Orient aim to create one-off, specialty furniture made from local wood. Whether it’s the large overgrown limbs from pruning, or trunks from cleared properties, the business repurposes, recycles, and gives new life to the felled trees that would otherwise be discarded or turned into firewood.

“Everyone thinks you have to go to South America to get fancy grains,” Rogers said, referring to wood fibers. “But we have beautiful grains right here.” (more…)

03/30/16 9:28am
Nile Rodgers at the FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Rodgers at the 2015 FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Grammy-winning musician Nile Rodgers is joining forces with East End Arts this spring and summer.

In May the community arts organization will present a “Master Class” with Rodgers, in which the public can learn about songwriting and the music industry directly from the Chic guitarist himself. The class will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. (more…)

03/24/16 1:49pm

Fred Ruvolo, the last cobbler left on the North Fork, uses the same hammer today that he had when he started in his profession at age 14.

It’s tradition, just like the antique machinery that clicks and clacks in his downtown Riverhead shop each day. The shelves in his cramped space are stuffed with odds and ends of all shapes and sizes: nails and toe protector plates and various bits of metal.  (more…)

03/16/16 10:45am
Christine Tylee, program and stewardship coordinator for the Group for the East End, mixes up an all-purpose cleaner of white vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Christine Tylee, program and stewardship coordinator for the Group for the East End, mixes up an all-purpose cleaner of white vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

In a country where convenience is king, making your own cleaning products probably sounds like a chore. But that’s actually not the case, says Christine Tylee of Group for the East End in Southold.

“They’re simple to make,” said Tylee, the nonprofit’s program and stewardship coordinator. “When it’s ‘do-it-yourself’ some people can be overwhelmed, but then they realize how easy it is.”  (more…)