Meet the team

SAL MASTROPOLO III

Sal Mastropolo III is the president and guiding force behind the success of our company. With a passion for woodworking that was instilled in him from an early age, Sal has been honing his skills since his teenage years, when he worked alongside his father taking down barns and selling various types of lumber. Today, as the leader of our company, Sal focuses on working with customers to design unique and personalized pieces of custom reclaimed furniture.

Sal Mastropolo III is the president and guiding force behind the success of our company. With a passion for woodworking that was instilled in him from an early age, Sal has been honing his skills since his teenage years, when he worked alongside his father taking down barns and selling various types of lumber. Today, as the leader of our company, Sal focuses on working with customers to design unique and personalized pieces of custom reclaimed furniture.

SAL MASTROPOLO JR

Sal was a skilled woodworker and the founder of our company. He was born on May 2, 1956 and dedicated much of his life wood. He began his journey in the late 70s selling firewood, before moving into movie and theatrical props. In the 90s, he started taking down barns and reselling the wood, which led to the foundation of our current company.

After the passing of his wife, Sal faced the difficult decision of whether or not to sell the company. However, his son Sal, who shared his passion, joined him and together they decided to take the company in a new direction, focusing on the creation of custom reclaimed furniture. With Sal’s expertise in woodworking and his son’s vision, the company flourished and became a leader in the industry.

Throughout his life, Sal was known for his unwavering dedication to his craft, his exceptional attention to detail, and his commitment to providing his clients with the highest quality furniture. His passion for woodworking was evident in every piece he created, and he was respected and admired by all who knew him.

Sadly, Sal passed away in 2020, leaving behind a legacy of exceptional craftsmanship and a company that continues to thrive under the leadership of his son. We at the company miss him dearly, but we are proud to carry on his legacy and create beautiful, unique pieces of furniture that reflect his passion and expertise.

RICH

Raised in Pearl River, New York, Rich has been a carpenter and contractor for all of his professional life. After graduating high school he began working at his uncle’s framing business in Rockland County. In the ensuing years, he worked in just about every trade- building houses, luxury renovations, commercial contracting, tile and interiors, and more. Rich began working at Authentic Antique Lumber 7 years ago, though he’s been a friend of the family for 25 years. Rich is a master of fine trim work, and is our resident expert on flooring. Outside of work he loves to play golf.

MARK

Born in Leningrad, U.S.S.R, Mark has been doing carpentry all his life. His father was a carpenter, so Mark helped with jobs starting from a young age. Mark came to the United States in the 1980’s and attended SUNY Stonybrook for sculpture and ceramics. He went on to work in ceramics, computer and printer design, and was an editor for a prominent science and technology magazine. In 2010, Mark moved to nearby Monticello where he opened his own woodshop, and shortly after joined the AAL team as a master woodworker. He specializes in Arts and Crafts style furniture, and fine cabinetry work. Outside of the shop, he enjoys hiking and kayaking.

MAREK

Born in Zeszow, in the southeast of Poland, Merrick has been working with wood his entire life. Merrick’s father built several buildings in his hometown of Zeszow, including the local church, which Merrick remembers building right alongside him. When Merrick first arrived in the United States in the 1980’s, he worked as a cabinet maker, and then a general contractor for After the Barn, where he did renovations and interiors for the better part of 18 years. Merrick joined us over 3 years ago and his extensive experience has been invaluable to our operation. In his freetime he likes to have a beer and relax!

MARK

Born in Leningrad, U.S.S.R, Mark has been doing carpentry all his life. His father was a carpenter, so Mark helped with jobs starting from a young age. Mark came to the United States in the 1980’s and attended SUNY Stonybrook for sculpture and ceramics. He went on to work in ceramics, computer and printer design, and was an editor for a prominent science and technology magazine. In 2010, Mark moved to nearby Monticello where he opened his own woodshop, and shortly after joined the AAL team as a master woodworker. He specializes in Arts and Crafts style furniture, and fine cabinetry work. Outside of the shop, he enjoys hiking and kayaking.

TERENCE

Terrence is our talented lead finisher, with an extensive background in painting and drawing. He brings a keen eye for detail and creativity to his work. Raised in Monroe, NY, Terrence has been an invaluable member of our team for five years. In his spare time, he enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time with his son. Terrence’s creativity and attention to detail are a true asset to our team, and we are proud to have him on board managing our finishing department.

BRENDAN

Brendan is a skilled sander and finisher with a passion for craftsmanship. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Brendan brings a wealth of experience to his work and takes great pride in ensuring that each piece he works on is finished to perfection. Outside of work, Brendan is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time outdoors camping, fishing, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors with friends. He’s also a devoted father and loves nothing more than spending quality time with his daughter.

ASPHOR

Asphor, also known as AC, is a highly skilled finisher who has been honing his craft for 15 years. With experience at ADF Designs and Gabrielle Manufacturing, AC brings a wealth of expertise and creativity to his work.

Raised in Brooklyn, NY, AC’s love for finishing was sparked at an early age, and he has been perfecting his skills ever since. His attention to detail and exceptional level of craftsmanship are evident in every piece he finishes, and his dedication to his work is truly remarkable.

TIM

Born and raised in Mount Vernon, Tim Schilling, our sales manager at our Rye, NY showroom, is a dedicated and passionate member of our team, with a background as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion and instructor.

In addition to his success as a martial artist, Tim is also a devoted family man. He loves spending his free time with his wife, daughter, and two energetic dogs. Tim’s dedication to his family and his work make him an exceptional individual, and we’re proud to have him on our team. He can be found at our newest showroom located in Rye, NY.

LARRY

Larry serves yard manager of our woodshop located in Goshen, NY. Born and raised in Warwick, NY, Larry has been working with wood since 1982 and has developed a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of wood. With his extensive knowledge and experience, Larry expertly manages our wood yard, ensuring that all of our materials are carefully handled and stored.

In his free time, Larry enjoys attending concerts and listening to music. We are proud to have Larry on board to help us create beautiful and unique pieces for our customers.

KEITH

Keith is an apprentice builder at our Goshen shop who has had a passion for woodworking since a young age. Growing up in Mahwah, NJ, he began developing his skills in woodshop class in high school.

Some of his earliest projects included room renovations, cutting boards, and a folding patio chair. Keith’s talents didn’t stop there, as he used his woodworking abilities to help build sets for school plays, and even built a duck house for a park in town while pursuing the rank of Life Scout.

TONI

Toni is the office manager at our Goshen, NY store. Raised in the Bronx, she brings a wealth of experience from her time working at top companies including UBS, Deutsche Bank, and KPMG. Toni is a consummate professional with a vast knowledge of our reclaimed wood products and custom furniture. Her attention to detail and commitment to exceptional customer service make her an invaluable member of our team. In her free time, Toni enjoys pursuing her creative interests, including sewing and woodworking. She’s also an avid runner and loves to stay active whenever possible.

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