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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Richards & Sons Artisans: Former Instructor, Fort Thomas Resident Launches New Custom Furniture Company

By Jessie Eden

A former Ignite Institute instructor is launching his own business. Scott Richards, a former Art Technology, Design and Industry career instructor at Ignite, is now pursuing his own artistic dreams -- a new custom furniture company.

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The new company, Richards & Sons Artisans, specializes in thoughtfully crafted furniture pieces. Scott says the idea is to create beautiful family heirloom pieces...which both of his sons will help with. "I wanted to create an artisan shop that produced fine pieces that could be passed down for generations, evoking a craftsmanship history. Both of my sons are very creative and will be involved in the business as well when they are not away at college, thus the name Richards & Sons Artisans."

The best part? Each piece is one-of-a-kind and built to last. "I want to make pieces that will stand the test of time, something that will be passed down through generations. As such, I do not scrimp on materials or techniques. I use the best materials I can find."

Although it can be a long process, Scott prides himself on bringing his pieces to life. It is certainly a labor of love turning raw materials into smooth, stylish pieces. "I love seeing raw materials (wood and steel) transformed into a functional piece of furniture. Getting there is a multi-stage process. Probably, my favorite is the finish stage. I’d consider this the sanding and staining/top coat application component. Where most people find sanding mind-numbing monotony, I see it as very soothing."

"There is nothing more satisfying to me than taking a rough piece of wood down to a glass smooth finish. Applying the topcoat is when the beauty of the wood emerges - grains pop and color intensifies - it warms to the touch. It is when the piece really comes to life revealing its unique character."

The idea has been four years in the making and came about when Scott and his wife, Dr. Karen Cheser, moved to a smaller home and needed to find just the right furniture to fit the space.

"I really began focusing on these types of furnishings around four years ago. We sold our house of 15 years and downsized into a smaller home on the backside of Triple Crown in Union, KY. The house was a different style than what we left so we needed to purchase some new furniture. My wife wanted, and still is very partial to, the French industrial look--reclaimed wood and metal," said Scott. "Yet, she could not find this furniture anywhere. Since I already had all the necessary tools and experience in woodworking, I began making my own."

Scott has a long history of working with his hands, over 20 years of experience to be exact but with that talent comes a fair amount of creativity that goes into his work.  "I’ve always been pretty handy. I’m one of those people who would rather fix something than hire someone to do it for me. I am, also, an artist having taught art and design for the past 22 years. I love working and creating with my hands. After years of remodeling previous homes and learning basic construction skills from my late father-in-law I slowly began elevating my skill sets. I can’t reference an exact time but realize, in retrospect, a natural progression in which my art and design skills began marrying with my DIY construction skills. I seriously entertained starting a career as a finish carpenter. However, I soon realized that starting a career in the trades while already in my 40’s was probably not long sustainable so decided to become a woodworker. Since, most every woodworker I’ve ever seen on TV is older (i.e. Norm Abram, Roy Underhill) I figured I could do this long into my twilight years."

To learn more about Richards & Sons Artisans, visit or contact Scott here or by phone at 859-992-8531. Shop hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Richards & Sons Artisans is located at the Highland Building.
(18 N. Ft Thomas Ave. Suite 106)

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