In the hands of Joshua Feocco, a Building and Grounds Maintenance Technician at ChaseDesign, wood becomes art. Josh’s first mentor was Clancy Edmonds, an industrial arts teacher, farmer and carpenter, who gave his students a well-rounded, hands-on education.
The latest creation, in Josh's workroom
Copywriter Kihm Winship shares:
“Since so much of my life is about reading and writing, I occasionally like to do something with my hands, outside of my head. And since I love chess, but don’t play very well, making chess boards is a satisfying compensation.
“I wanted a green and white board but probably wouldn’t do this again, since all 64 squares had to be sanded and finished individually. I don’t know what I was thinking.
This summer, four members of the ChaseDesign Adirondack High Peaks Climbing Club topped Haystack, Basin and Saddleback mountains, earning some stellar vistas in the process.
Peter Quintana, Jim Cammarata, Jonathan Fitch and Chris Andrews on the top of Haystack
In 1982, ChaseDesign was expanding. The front entrance on East Genesee Street was moving to the side of the building and ChaseDesign was getting a new face. But what kind of face? Founder and president David Chase wanted the building to say “Design happens here.” He wanted a window that showed neighbors, commuters and travelers what happened inside.
The first panel went up in January of 1983 and since that time hundreds of large-scale design projects have been created around the themes of holidays, seasons and life in the Finger Lakes region.
"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head and the heart of man go together." -- John Ruskin, "The Two Paths: Lecture II” (1859)
The gardener participates with Nature in creating beauty and can thus lay claim, modestly of course, to some credit as an artist. What follows is a brief look at the summer outdoor artworks of our co-workers.
What do you do after you’ve climbed all 46 Adirondack high peaks? You climb them again, in winter. And so, on March 23rd, Jon Cammarata talked several Chase mountaineers into coming along for a walk in the woods, and together they notched two winter peaks – Street and Nye Mountains.
Wearing heavy-duty mountaineering snowshoes, with heel bars and really aggressive crampons, the group left base camp at Heart Lake at 8:30 a.m. on a blessedly perfect day for hiking – a refreshing six degrees Fahrenheit, with little to no wind, and a large amount of sunshine.
When Mike Bellamy, a Senior Model Maker at ChaseDesign, graduated from high school, he apprenticed as a pattern maker – a skilled trade that combines elements of tool & die making, mold making and fine woodworking. So in the present day, when his wife suggested that a spinning wheel would be a beautiful addition to their home, Mike said, “Of course. I can do that.”
Michael Vine, a Senior Graphic Designer at ChaseDesign, sees the world – and especially urban terrain – through the eyes of a skateboarder. While you or I might see granite steps in terms of architecture or accessibility, Mike sees them as something to ollie. (Personal best: 11 steps, the YMCA, Dayton, Ohio. “I was asked to leave,” he recalls.)
Mike kick-flips off a loading dock circa 1991-92