Herrick’s Custom Furniture, a small husband and wife operation near Plain City, doesn’t necessarily sound like the kind of place history is made.
But this past summer, Nick Herrick handmade seven custom podiums for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign at their Currier Road workshop.
So far, high-ranking politicians such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton herself have used the podiums during campaign stops.
“I don’t care what your political affiliation is, this is huge,” said Sherri Herrick.
Nick Herrick has been refining his woodworking skills for about 20 years. The passion started when he first took a wood shop class when he was in seventh grade. He instantly fell in love with the trade, Nick said.
Herricks Custom Furniture mostly builds urns for a pet crematory. About once a month, the couple will build a custom dining room table, cabinets or china cabinet.
“If you can imagine it, we can do it,” Sherri said.
The small furniture operation was recommended to the Clinton campaign by a rough carpenter in West Jefferson. The carpenter did some work for the Clintons during the 2008 election but, due to his style of carpentry, was unable to create the podiums.
Nick Herrick finished the first podium in June. As soon as the campaign managers saw it, they ordered six more, Herrick said.
There are a lot of intricacies that go into the building of a presidential podium that most may not consider: the thickness of the wood effects reverberation, holes for microphones must be placed strategically, a water shelf on the inside is a nice touch.
The campaign was very specific on the color — traditional mahogany — and the general shape. The rest was up to Nick Herrick.
The finished pieces are beautiful podiums made of hard maple. Little touches by Nick, such as felt runners to minimize vibrations and grommets for microphone wires, left their impression on the campaign managers.
“They have already said if she wins, one of our podiums will be in the Presidential Library,” said Sherri, “and that after all this they will give us more than just a few weeks notice (on orders).”
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