A father, entrepreneur, and adroit woodworker, Alfred Spitzer is the creator and owner of New Hampshire Accents Fine Crafts. His dedication to his art—as well as to the creation of expertly crafted, timeless home furnishings—exemplifies the commitment to excellence that has carried him through his life. A first generation German-American born in Brattleboro, Vermont, Spitzer was raised in Long Island, New York and attended Brooklyn Technical High School in 1970. After moving with his family, he spent the next three years apprenticing in Germany as a storefront decorator and designer. In December of 1973, he returned to the United States and made his home in Queens, New York, where he attained his GED at night school. Spitzer went on to higher education at New York Community College, now New York Technical Institute. In 1976 he married. Beginning in 1979, he simultaneously attended night class at the New York Institute of Technology while working days as a teller at Banker’s Trust to put himself through school. Spitzer received his Associates Degree in Architectural Technology in January of 1981. Twelve years after beginning his career with Bankers Trust Spitzer left his position with the company as Construction Coordinator for its Real Estate Department, to begin work in the Architectural Department at Morgan Guarantee Trust Company.
Spitzer had been interested in woodworking beginning in his high school years, and in June of 1983, he applied this interest to his first major project, a cradle for his baby daughter’s arrival in July of that year. In the spring of 1986—now married for ten years to his wife Maria, and having two young children, Angela and Kyle, he and his family bid New York farewell and moved to the verdant city of Manchester, New Hampshire. It was from here that Spitzer would make his daily commute to Nashua to work as Architectural Project Manager at Sky Meadow Construction, a job in which he was responsible for the review of drawings, contracts, and design changes, as well as for quality control, selection and detailing of finished products. By the time he left Sky Meadow, Spitzer had coordinated the construction of two seven-story condominium buildings as project manager, and several of his hand crafted wooden furniture pieces had taken up residence with the family in Manchester. In 1988, Spitzer joined Wrenn Construction Corporation as Project Supervisor. By the time of the Real Estate Crash of 1989—what some call Black Monday—, Spitzer had successfully aided in the construction of numerous projects, including the coordination and relocation of an existing wood frame structure. In 1991, following the Crash’s resulting economic downturn, Spitzer began his employment at Universal Packaging Corporation in Bow, NH, where he worked until the inception of New Hampshire Accents in 1997. The cradle and several hand crafted furniture pieces now had antique wainscot, eight over eight antique divided light windows and several case pieces to keep them company in the little home in Manchester.
Spitzer is a self-taught woodworker who has spent the past 40 years perfecting his craft. As such, he values the quality, durability, and charm of old-fashioned woodworking: he hand cuts all of his dovetails, has an increasing collection of antique hand planes (which he still uses), and has taken a particular interest in Shaker oval box making. Spitzer belongs to the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers and Made in New Hampshire. New Hampshire Accents Fine Crafts is currently celebrating its Fifteenth Anniversary doing business as a custom woodworking shop.