Words: Daniel Tonozzi / Photos: Ronny Salerno and contributed by Pater family
Kunst No. 2 showcases the inspiring, expert woodwork of John Pater, founder and director of Pater Architectural in Aurora, Indiana. As contributing writer Daniel Tonozzi explains, John Pater—now sixty-seven years old—considers quality in terms of durability, not cost. Crafting window frames, doors and woodwork in ways that honor historic standards, John and his handiwork have shaped numerous buildings—the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana, the Cathedral Basilica Church in Covington, Kentucky, the John Rankin House in Ripley, Ohio and, in Over-the-Rhine and downtown, the Great American Tower, the Emery Theatre, the Lackman Bar, the Daffin’s Building, the Taft Ale House and more. His range of projects demonstrates not only his personal commitment to fine craftsmanship but also the feasibility of applying his concept of quality to large-scale projects. In the article, John shares his life story, including how he transitioned from being a guitarist to a self-taught woodworker.
Daniel writes, “In time, John was able to go into business for himself and open his own workshop. He originally housed his shop in the garage that he built for a woman who, after the completion of construction, became his wife and business partner Judy. It was a small endeavor, outfitted with only the basics of a woodworking shop—just a shadow of what is now the headquarters of John Pater Design and Fabrication in Aurora, Indiana.”
Yet, despite John and Judy Pater’s success, as Daniel describes, John remains committed to learning more skills and taking on newer and different projects. “I make it a point to ask Google at least two questions a day,” he says. Check out the entire article in Kunst No. 2.