April 7, 2013 by wcobserver
By Michele Allen Winkler
The hard work and passion of local craftsman, designer and businessman J.D. Gass has brought a bright spot to downtown West Fork. On April 5, 2013 J.D. Antiques had its grand opening at the old hardware store on Main Street.
Among the museum quality treasures found here are a very unique safe found in Philadelphia and restored by J.D., beautiful chairs complete with attractive upholstery, rugs, dishes and paintings. J.D. moved here 14 years ago, and for some time used the building to store items that he sold wholesale and at auctions. Many people asked about buying some pieces directly from him, so about 2 months ago he decided to open this retail store.
The array of beautifully restored furniture didn’t come without considerable effort.
While laughing and saying, “I did it all on my own,” he also nodded to his three children Gabriel, Morgan and Payton acknowledging that they also helped to make the day a reality. His wife Ciara, and friend and fellow restorer Josh were there to round out this hard working group.
The store itself is a delight to enter…well lit with the scent of freshness. Two other businessmen who focus primarily on civil war items from Garrison Avenue Antiques in Fort Smith were assisting by answering questions and offering refreshments.
J.D. is well recognized in his trade. Antique Trader highlighted him in a 2010 article, saying, “Gass has become one of the premier antique furniture restorers and cabinet makers in Northwest Arkansas. His custom hand-crafted cabinets end up in some of the finest homes in the area…”
When asked why he became interested in antiques, J.D. recalled that as a boy, he mowed the grass for a man who restored furniture. That man gave J.D. a piece to complete himself. After finishing the project, he realized that he could make a profit at this and an artist was born.
The West Fork store is open from 10-5:30 Wednesday through Saturday.
J.D.Gass surveying his new business.J. D. Gass proudly displays this unique safe acquired in Philadelphia.