A Trumbullite\u2019s creations are going all the way from his home workshop on Madison Avenue to the small screen, on a cable television series starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Jack Schlechtweg is owner and designer at JG Madison, a handmade furniture business he began as a hobby after his retirement from a career in sales. His business has become well-known in the area and recently grabbed the attention of designers for a period television drama. An assistant set designer for the Cinemax show The Knick found Schlechtweg\u2019s work online and contacted him about making his popular farm tables for a set on the show. \u201cI made one large farm table and four smaller ones,\u201d Schlechtweg said. \u201cI\u2019ve been told the tables are going to be in three episodes of the second season.\u201d The Knick is a drama that takes place in New York City in 1900, centered around the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics, according to Cinemax. The second season premieres later this year. \u201cI\u2019ve been told the tables will be used in a prison scene, with a guard sitting at one,\u201d Schlechtweg said. A period drama is a good fit for the work JG Madison has become known for.\u201cCottage and country is very popular right now,\u201d Schlechtweg said. \u201cI was doing finer furniture for a while, but cottage and country is what people are looking for.\u201d Schlechtweg describes cottage and country as a bit \u201cshabby chic\u201d and often appearing to look older than it is, through distressing. While cable television is nice, he is also a big hit with family, according to Schlechtweg\u2019s son, Jack Schlechtweg III, who also lives in Trumbull. \u201cMy father is known for his high-quality work as well as his ability to create realistic time-period furniture,\u201d his son said. \u201cHe began to pursue his lifelong passion of furniture making around the time he retired from his sales career over 15 years ago. His dedication and talent has been admired and sought after by family members and furniture collectors from all over the area, mostly through word of mouth.\u201d Much of the furniture designer\u2019s Trumbull home is a showroom of sorts for his work. He\u2019s even had someone come in, see his own kitchen table and drive off with it that day. \u201cThey needed a table for Easter dinner and walked out with it that day,\u201d Schlechtweg said. \u201cThe only problem is, that left us without a table for Easter.\u201d His wife, JoAnn, has had to lay down the law on a few pieces she won\u2019t part with. Schlechtweg said he enjoys a challenge and working at his own pace, depending on deadlines. During the day, he and his wife watch the grandkids. \u201cI just received an order for a new hutch and I\u2019m pretty excited about making that one,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was a hutch they saw on my website that I made years ago and it was one of my favorite pieces.\u201d For a table, it could take about a week or two for something more complicated. \u201cI\u2019m a one-man shop,\u201d he said. He said that he loves the creativity much more than making money, so he is willing to work with people on price. Schlechtweg said he can\u2019t wait to see the furniture on television, and his wife has already started watching season one in preparation. To learn more about The Knick, visit cinemax.com\/the-knick\/. To learn more about Schlechtweg\u2019s furniture, visit JGMadison.com or find him on Facebook.