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Alf Sharp



Alf Sharp

After a half-hearted attempt at a law degree, Alf Sharp discovered his true vocation in fine furnituremaking. Forty years later he’s still at it with as much enthusiasm as at the beginning. Almost all work is done on a custom commission basis, in close collaboration with clients and their designers.

Specializing in 18th and 19th Century American and European design, Sharp also enjoys Beidermeier, Art Deco, Chinese, and contemporary design. His own original work has, most often, at least a toe-hold in tradition.

Sharp has pieces in historical homes and museums throughout the US, as well as in fine private homes nationally. He is the recipient of the 2008 Cartouche award from The Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He is past President of the Furniture Society. When not absorbed in the woodshop or playing with his grandchildren, he enjoys restoring and driving classic British sportscars.


My best areas of expertise are in the traditional furniture realm, and in working for institutions.

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