We’ve all heard industry veterans say auto upholstery is an old, slow-changing craft. But these photographs we dug up at the Library of Congress really illustrate the point.
“Any job worth doing, is worth doing well,” says Marcus Marquart, owner of Marquart’s Custom Creations in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It’s a motto he follows both inside and outside of his garage.
For 30 years, Ratsela Sithole, a second-generation trimmer in Lobatse, Botswana, has been upholstering everything from office chairs to car interiors using only a manual sewing machine.
David Gludt is loved throughout the city of Troy, Idaho. And it’s not just because his upholstery shop is a local staple. He’s also a neighborhood school bus driver, who’s been shuttling kids to class every day for three decades.
Check out our interview with Jean-Noël Greffeuille, master trimmer and owner of JNG Creations, in the February 2017 issue of The Shop magazine.