To the editor:
The article titled “Artisans of Rustic Craft” (published in the May 7 Visiting Lake Placid section of the LPN) was nicely written by Eric Voorhis.
I am Emily Jaques, widow of Gilbert Jaques — Albert Jaques was an uncle and George Jaques, a nephew. I am writing about some factual errors in the story.
Gilbert Jaques did not train to make rustic furniture under his uncle. Gib was born in 1922 — his uncle died in 1943. For a matter of fact, he didn’t even know his uncle made rustics until he saw it in the Adirondack Furniture book by Craig Gilborn, at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.
George Jaques did not work as an apprentice under my husband — he was in Gib’s shop for about one and a half days — he had the Blue Mountain book before him and was trying to make a twig table top.
My husband started making furniture in 1980 — all ideas derived out of his head when he was attempting to get himself and his left arm better after suffering a stroke. It was all done by hand outside on a plank with a gauge and carpenter’s saw.
In 1984 Susan Osborn published a book titled “American Rustic Furniture” — and a photo on page 118 showed Gib making furniture outside and many other photos when Gib first started.
Everyone in the North Country and beyond knew all about Gib working.
After Gib died, I gave two truck loads of his plush furniture, including a handmade large red cedar doll house, to the Adirondack Blue Mountain Lake Museum — and I saw two pieces of his furniture in the separate cottage with Ernie Stevins — furniture that is currently stowed at the museum.
All of Gib’s furniture albums, letters and pictures of people who bought from him and history tapes of making furniture and local history are at the museum.
I hope you have enjoyed my letter and are glad to know the truth of the article in the paper.