Palo Samko, woodworker
When I want to incorporate leather into my pieces I go to Leather Impact. Here I can find alligator skins and cowhides for reasonable prices. 256 W. 38th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-302-2332.
Tools for Working Wood has a great selection of woodworking tools—from Japanese chisels to handsaws. You really can’t find these pieces anywhere else in the city. 32 33rd St., nr. Second Ave., Ste. 5, Sunset Park; 800-426-4613.
Brooklyn Flea has such quirky things, from furniture and art to hats and clothes. My wife usually has to pull me out of there. Corner of N. 7th St. and Kent Ave., Williamsburg; brooklynflea.com.
I found a piece of ebony wood at the old-fashioned lumber company M.L. Condon Company. It made my trek from Brooklyn completely worthwhile. 250 Ferris Ave., nr. Westview Ave., White Plains; 914-946-4111.
I love browsing vintage pieces at Darr. It has everything you never knew you needed. On a recent visit I found a book about the New York City water system. 369 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St., Boerum Hill; 718-797-9733.
For antiques, I poke into Paula Rubenstein. I once bought a letter-and-number stamp-punching set from the thirties there. 21 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-966-8954.
All the stuff I need for my bronze castings, from silicone molds to wax, I find at The Compleat Sculptor. It’s where all the artists go. 90 Vandam St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-243-6074.
No matter who I’m shopping for, I know I’ll find the best gifts at Nest Interiors. The last time I was there, I left with penguin salt-and-pepper shakers made from a stalagmite. 172A Ninth Ave., nr. W. 20th St.; 212-337-3441.