If you’ve been to our Greece store at 120 Stonewood Avenue most likely you’re familiar with our sales room and perhaps the lumber yard to the rear of our property…
But sandwiched in between these two public areas is a cavernous-custom woodworking shop that has been in constant operation since the 1950’s. The shop produces pretty much whatever a contractor or architect can dream a design for custom corbels, mouldings, architectural millwork, porch screens and wood louvers for attic venting. It also produces hundreds of door packages for builders each year using custom tooling setups run by skilled Matthews & Fields craftsman.
Perhaps the crown jewel of trades still practiced at Matthews & Fields is to be found in our custom stair shop. Manned by Fran Ryan and Jeff Krueger, and managed by Shop Supervisor Jeff Putney, (a total 60 years of combined experience in all!), they have the knowledge and experience to produce stairs for most any residential or commercial project.
Nearly all these staircases are built to the designs and specs of our customers and, unless custom materials need to be ordered, are turned around start to finish, in under a week. And that includes delivery!
A typical stair order happens something like this: one of our outside sales reps reviews a bid request for stair work and obtains a blueprint from the customer. The sales-rep produces a materials take-off list based on the blueprint specs., and from that a price quote. Once the customer gives the go-ahead to build the stairs, a Matthews & Fields technician actually goes to the job site to field-measure the stairs. The goal is to eliminate surprises when it comes time to fit the completed stairs to the their actual location.
Stringer Layout with carpenter square and pencil
Jeff busy cutting stair parts
Fran notching out a stringer
Stair routing machine designed by Jack Fields.
Then the building process starts. Fran will layout, cut and rout stringers while Jeff is mass-producing parts close by. Like the Matthews & Fields door shop, there is a mix of custom tooling and a LOT of handwork. In fact, our stringer routing machine was designed by Jack Fields 30 years ago and is still going strong.
Here, wedges are driven into the tapered routed stringer slot. Tread, riser, and stringer connections are all wedged and glued then nailed for good measure.
Support Stringer for a floor with no bounce
Matthews & Fields is supplying all of the staircases required at the Pinnacle North construction project in Canandaigua. All of our units are super-engineered for strength and long service. Details like the massive center support stringer pictured above assure a rock-solid stairway for the life of the building. And we adhere to the most rigorous nailing schedules in the construction of our stairs.
Every part of this construction process is handled by the experienced craftsman at Matthews & Fields
. We couldn’t be prouder to have prestige projects like Pinnacle North and our good friends at LeChase Contractors in our portfolio of clients. We’re even prouder to have on staff the talented professionals to execute the projects they entrust to us !