"....Mrs. Harrington goes on to explain to me how her men (the machine workers) were about to stop running the presses and she apologized, hoping I would have planned my visit a little earlier. She tells me how her men had been working since 7 AM (I arrived at 3 PM) and they are “counting the minutes” for when they can stop. I assured her that I would still make the most of my visit. “As long as the shop is in place,” I jokingly told her. She began to smile and walked off.
Ted had finally arrived and greeted me with a firm handshake and a smirk. As I stood to greet him, he told me to sit. “Let me get you something to drink,” he said. This time, I didn’t say a word. All I could do was appreciate what had been top-shelf hospitality. While we waited for the photographer to arrive, we began to converse about the company’s history. He informed me about the company’s conception and how it was founded in 1913 by a Russian silverware engraver. When the Russian silverware engraver decided to retire, Ted’s parents took over the company, making it a now family-ran business.
The photographer finally arrived and it was time to go to work. Ted gave us a full tour of Terrapin’s beautiful workshop. He started by introducing us to Ralph, an older gentleman who is the workshop’s foreman; he’s been with Terrapin for nearly forty years. He then went on to show us Terrapin’s beautiful machines that were older than us all. Ted enthusiastically explained how they used a lifting crane to get the one hundred fourteen year old machines into the workshop. He also showed me how the engraving process worked; I spotted two clients’ work nearby already completed (Tory Burch and Two Inch Cuffs)...."