It all began in 1979, as the hobby of three friends working together in a small loft in San Francisco’s Embarcadero section. Positive recognition at art shows and exhibits prompted a move cross-country to New York State and the appointment of a few more apprentices. Now situated in the picturesque Hudson River Valley of New York, HRI is dedicated to excellence, pairing exceptional quality with affordable price. The ancient craft of marquetry utilizes the natural colors and textures of exotic veneers to compose pictures and designs of elegant beauty. The individually cut pieces of fine hardwood veneers are expertly laminated to rigid panels to form complex images. The mirrors and pictures created at Hudson River Inlay are of the highest level of craftsmanship and artistry. By regularly introducing new designs, the artwork continues to be fresh and appealing to the collector. Jeff Nelson, one of the founders of Hudson River Inlay, is the company’s principal designer. Trained at the renowned San Francisco Art Institute, he has been largely responsible for the renaissance that marquetry is enjoying today. Jeff has been featured in numerous articles and books about marquetry, and has received many prestigious awards. During a time many consider to be the revival of the Golden Age of American Crafts, HRI’s committment to create the worlds most enchanting and enduring marquetry, ensures this art form will be treasured for generations to come.