10 March 2015 NJMONTHLY.COM
The Fine Art
WE LIVE IN AN ARTISANAL AGE. The
dictionary tells us an artisan is a worker who practices a trade or handicraft,
often producing something in limited quantities using traditional means.
These days, artisanal applies to everything from cocktails and cured meats to
custom chairs and cabinetry.
In truth, it’s a laudable trend that
emphasizes quality workmanship and
good taste. In this issue, we draw your
attention to a class of artisans who are
not only capable of creating fine works
of lasting value, but have the specialized skills required to repair, refurbish
and restore our cherished possessions.
Searching the state for our finest fix-it professionals, we found many who inherited their craft from multiple generations of forebears. Some are descended
from immigrants who employed their
old-world skills to carve a new life.
This issue is packed with the stories
of these dedicated artisans and the repair services they provide. From sagging settees to wobbly wicker, there’s
little they can’t restore to glory.
BUCKY PIZZARELLI IS A LIVING
treasure. At 89, the jazz guitarist is still
playing more than 150 dates a year, captivating audiences across the country.
Reporter Bill Milkowski and photographer Stu Rosner had the privilege of
spending time with the indefatigable
Pizzarelli at his Saddle River home.
Their intimate portrait in words and
pictures of this Jersey-bred virtuoso
starts on page 36.
SOME READERS MAY BE SURPRISED to
learn that only two physicians in New
Jersey have tailored their practices to
the needs of the LGBT community. Correspondent Leslie Garisto Pfaff examines the unique challenges facing these
doctors and their patients. Don’t miss
her report, starting on page 52.