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.
Phil’s father-in-law, Rich Silsby was oneof the original members of the blackwalnut team and he originally introduced Phil to the blackwalnut family. And for six terrific years, Phil has been a valued member of the blackwalnut team.
As BW’s head on-site installer, Phil has overseen many major projects including the Olympics in both Brazil and South Korea, the World Cup in Moscow as well as the Kentucky Derby and The Breeders Cup in 2018 and 2019. Phil also oversees the installation of regional sports studios for NBC.
When not on the road, Phil enjoys spending time with his wife Renee, son Alex, (and there’s another baby boy on the way!) and he enjoys watching the NY Giants and the NY Yankees.
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.”
In 2016, Kellie joined the blackwalnut family as a receptionist. Since then, she has taken on Office Manager responsibilities and now, she also manages purchasing the materials and all the shop’s trucking needs. When she isn’t purchasing or radioing the truck driver, she enjoys traveling, hiking and relaxing with her fiancé and their dog Cayman (their rescue dog from the Cayman Islands).
Kellie is looking forward to her not socially-distant wedding in Sepetmber 2020!
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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