Sal Polisi
phone: 516-223-7688
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Welcome to Old World Deli

A master craftsman in the old-world tradition.

Sal Polisi, Master Woodcarver. Photo Copyright Randy Duchaine

Wood comes to life under the skilled craftsmanship of sculptor and master woodcarver Sal Polisi. Since 1980, Sal has been creating hand-carved pieces in many types of wood for businesses, homes and vessels. Early in his career, Sal studied with master carver Marcus Baiter and also trained with master carver Franco Pascale at the Bartolozzi & Maioli studios in Florence, Italy. Drawn to artistic pursuits since childhood, Sal custom-designs his pieces, frequently incorporating special requests from his clients. His work is 3-dimensional or bas-relief. He is expert at gold-leafing and wood-burning, and he is also skilled at restoring wood pieces.

Sal's love of all things maritime is evident in his work. He is frequently commissioned to carve figureheads for ships, model figureheads for collectors, fish and shellfish, and stern boards and side boards for historic ships and boats. An early carving of a tugboat's pilot house eagle has led him into carving dozens of eagles, often in the Bellamy tradition. He also creates distinctive signs for businesses, many with gold-leaf letters.

Sal's clients include:

bullet character Cold Spring Harbor
Whaling Museum
bullet character The Ketchum Inn
Foundation
bullet character Hudson River
Sloop Clearwater
bullet character Fire Island
Lighthouse
bullet character Seaman's Bank
for Savings
bullet character U.S. Coast Guard
Cutter Eagle
bullet character Fraunces Tavern
Museum & Restaurant,
New York City
bullet character State University of
New York Maritime
College, Throgs Neck
bullet character John F. Kennedy's
Presidential Yacht
Honey Fitz
bullet character Franklin D. Roosevelt's
Presidential Library
bullet character New York City
Police Department
bullet character National Parks
Service
bullet character Museum of American
Financial History
bullet character New York City
Fire Department
bullet character Kings Point Merchant
Marine Academy

Sal can be seen at work at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, where for nearly 30 years he has maintained a studio that is visited by travelers from all over the world. Sal has created and restored items for many of the Museum's historic vessels, including the squarerigger Wavertree, 1885; barque Peking, 1911; schooner Pioneer, 1883; schooner Lettie G. Howard, 1893; tugboat W.O. Decker, 1930; and paddlewheeler Andrew Fletcher (reproduction), 1985.

 
 
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