blackwalnut is an emmy-award winning fabricator of scenic environments for television, exhibits, live events and theatre.
We're located just up the Hudson River from NYC in Valley Cottage, NY.
creative solutions, methodologies, and strategies to realize design
engaging you in the process to deliver sketch-perfect, exactly what you’ve imagined
collectively more than a century of experience crafting every detail
blackwalnut. smart. innovative. creative.
collaboration. partnership. creativity. attention. initiative. accuracy. speed.
and more than a few laughs along the way.
In his previous life, Jim has focused on working with companies to manage their accounts and finances-to free the creative, operations and production teams to focus on what they do best, not on the tricky details of financial management and internal efficiencies-which is what he does best.He has an unerring sense of how to best structure a company to increase efficiency while improving opportunities for growth and creativity across departments-no mean feat.
A big proponent of collaboration and communication, Jim is a strategic planner committed to focusing on setting goals-planning& implementing strategies and putting into action plans to consistently meet financial obligations, and bolstering growth and creativity along the way.
In 2003, at the very beginning, he joined blackwalnut as Metal Shop Foreman-developing blackwalnut’s metal shop from zero to sixty and right into fabrication of the NFL Draft. He has fabricated everything from small step units to 40,000lb. structural steel, fully enclosed and operational outdoor studios. In addition to his formidable skills with a welding gun, Frank has also been called upon to operate blackwalnut’s CNC router. He has working knowledge of AutoCAD software-which comes in handy when handing out fully-fleshed-out work assignments to his team. Frank holds a welding certificate from HoHoKus School of Trade and has prepared other people for certification as well. One of the recent gigs that he is most proud of is NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia.
At home Frank has an unbelievable wife and two children. Even though he works what has been described as ‘insane hours’ he makes time for volunteering every spring with his baseball team for children with special needs ages 8 to 23.
Frank is an extraordinary individual-his fantastic work ethic and intense devotion to his family is truly inspiring.
“A child with Autism is not ignoring you they are simply waiting for you to enter their world.”
a few more facts. this is what we can do for you. it's a process.
sometimes the most challenging aspect of a project is tracking and following through on changes-instantly. the key is project management, and the key to project management is clear and concise communication.
here’s where you get from concept to build. projects are modeled fully in 3d before any element hits our fabrication floor-which means we’ve knocked it around and the challenges of bringing the concept alive have already been figured out-and that we’ve already brought you into the process to ensure you get exactly what you’d imagined, as you’d imagined it.
go ahead and defy gravity. we’re ready to imagine creative and elegant solutions to challenging and daring design. sketch-perfect and hd-camera ready down to the last detail. if you can imagine it, we can build it.
need help moving forward? organizing and understanding your project goals? at blackwalnut, we’re ready to help you frame your needs and structure your project. from concept to budget to schedule to fabrication and implementation.
we do get around. blackwalnut’s worked in 11 countries on 5 continents. whether the challenges are cultural, logistical, or both-we’ve been there, done that. our contacts across borders and continents means that we’ve got resources available internationally, 24-7 to get things done and get problems solved. we’ve got you covered, and our passports are ready.
(blackwalnut) has mastered the impossible task of translating imagination and a few scribbles on paper into an astonishing set that fits neatly within the confines of reality as well as the clients budget.
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