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Job Posting: Sheet Metal Worker

Part time to start, 2-3 days / week

Calling all tinsmiths, coppersmiths, sheet metal artisans, fabricators & technicians: we are looking to add a sheet metal artisan to our small & highly-skilled team.

Experience working with brass, copper and non-ferrous materials is required. Many of our operations are done by hand and require craftsmanship and attention to detail. Ideally you're familiar with a variety of sheet metal fabricating skills, tools and techniques, including drafting, layout, folding, & soldering. We are a small, friendly, & team-oriented company, so flexibility & a combination self-starter & collaborative mindset are essential as well. 

Please email a brief cover letter and resume to No phone calls or drop in visits please! We look forward to hearing from you.

Authentic Designs builds high-end historic reproduction lighting fixtures out of our workshops in West Rupert, Vermont, including lanterns, chandeliers and sconces. Styles range from our our signature line of Early American lighting to Art Deco, Craftsman, Victorian, Modern Industrial and beyond. Our work is frequently commissioned by leading decorating, architectural and design firms, and we also cater to a large following of retail clients as well.

We have a national reputation and a longstanding presence in the home furnishings industry, and regularly figure in design and building trade publications, including a feature in season 37 (North Shore Farmhouseof This Old House TV. You can visit to learn more about our company and the kind of work we do.


We're on the Cover of House Beautiful Magazine

We’re pleased that our Salem Meeting House Chandelier was chosen to grace to cover of House Beautiful magazineA special thank you to Chapman Designs of Houston Texas and Truex Cullins of Vermont for specifying our lighting.You can read the entire article here.

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Contemporary Farmhouse Style

We’re pleased with the fixtures that New England Homes chose to feature in the context of a contemporary farmhouse esthetic. In addition to the Federalist, Metedeconk, Beattie Barn Light, and Star Sconce, there are a few other lanterns we make, which we think would also fit with a contemporary farmhouse design. In fact, back in 2016, the TV series [...]

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Custom-Built Floral Lighting fixtures

Based on a sketch provided by Kemble Interiors, a pair of these Directoire* floral lighting fixtures was designed & hand-built by Michael Krauss of Authentic Designs. Once sketches and prototypes had been approved by designer Heidi Bianco at Kemble Interior, we got to work. The leaf detail was hand cut & raised using [...]

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Pricing Changes

In order to keep up with increases in labor, materials, shipping, and other costs, we will need to increase our prices by an average of 7% across the board. Some prices will remain as they are, and several fixtures will increase by up to 15%. These changes will go into effect on February 1, 2017. The [...]

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Authentic Designs -- since 1966

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Authentic Designs, so we thought we'd share with you some stories and photos of the first fixtures we built. We also wanted to share with you a really cool wooden sign, which my father Danny Krauss had created and displayed in that first location. He opened his first shop in [...]

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A blog post from 50 years ago

All wooden store sign, composed by Danny Krauss, hand-lettered & painted (circa 1966) The handmade design and fabrication recall the early American store signs, or 'shingles', such as a tinsmith or an apothecary might have outside their door. (Hence the expression, hanging one's shingle.) The scalloped top recalls an Early American Courting Mirror design, [...]

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Authentic Designs appears on 'This Old House' TV

North Shore Farmhouse All of us here at Authentic Designs are thrilled to be featured in the latest episode of the classic TV series This Old House ! This year's season is called North Shore Farmhouse. Over the course of 10 episodes, the show follows homeowners Bill and April Harb as they work with Connor Homes to [...]

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New Designs

For some time now, we here at Authentic Designs have been creating custom fixtures for various decorating, design and architectural firms, in addition to our catalogue of hand-built lighting fixtures.  Some of these lights are quite contemporary, and some use unique, one-of-a-kind architectural elements, which we have incorporated into the new designs. As seen above, from left to [...]

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Spring Newsletter 2016

The winter months here in Vermont have passed and left behind a fervent wish for next year – More snow! More cold! More winter! For much of the Northeast, this has been the winter that wasn’t, and besides disappointing cross country ski enthusiasts like us, the unseasonably warm weather has seriously impacted the larger resorts [...]

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