One thing I’ve so enjoyed while writing this blog is finding out about artisans and craftspeople working throughout our region. Mitchell Yanosky in Baltimore is one them: They make custom wood and metal furnishings and accessories for designers and big businesses such as Under Armour, but they also have a name on their client list that most others don’t: God.
We’ve all probably contemplated the works of great architects and artists in the ancient cathedrals in Europe (Sir Christopher Wren, Michelangelo), but I had never really considered the craftsmanship behind the decor in our contemporary places of worship.
Gardiner Hall International, an interior design firm in Chevy Chase, has developed an impressive portfolio of ecclesiastical design, and it’s turned to Mitchell Yanosky to execute much of it.
“We refer to them as the church guys,” says Ed Yanosky, who runs the shop with Brent Mitchell and one other woodworker. Their current project involves making 11 prayer kneelers, which are due at the end of July.
They also made altar candlesticks and a processional cross for the Annunciation Church in Washington, DC.
The shop crafted a lovely altar and tabernacle (a cabinet that contains the consecrated communion bread) for St. Ann’s Church in Grantsville, Md.:
Mitchell Yanosky’s most recent commission is for a large grouping of ministers’ chairs and tables for St. Peter Roman Catholic Church on Capitol Hill:
Mitchell Yanosky does all kinds of secular work, from sconces and mirrors and lighting to furniture of all types, but I think it’s so cool to meet woodworkers behind the ornate designs of so many churches in our region — truly a higher calling.