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Craftsmanship

In a world of computerized automation and mass produced products, step back and experience the joy of owning a handcrafted heirloom. One that I take pride and care in making. One that can be handed down generation to generation.

While my furniture isn't inexpensive it is priced very fairly and is an excellent value.

Wood Choices

Cherry darkens with exposure to sunlight. When you first receive a new piece of cherry furniture it will be fairly light in color. Over a period of 6 to 12 months it will darken considerably. After this initial period of rapid darkening the color stabilizes. Pieces bought at different times will eventually reach the same color. Cherry is by far the most popular wood for my furniture.

Red Oak is most widely used for mission style pieces. I don't think the more delicate details of shaker pieces look good in oak. Oak also has an open grain that does not finish as smoothly as closed grained wood like cherry or maple.

Mahogany is a reddish brown wood that grows in the rain forest of Central and South America. There can be quite a variation in the color of mahogany from one board to the next. It ranges from a light yellowish brown to a deep dark reddish brown. Because of this, mahogany furniture is often stained to homogenize the color. Mahogany does take stain well so this is not a bad option.

Maple is a very light colored, very hard, closed grained wood that finishes to an incredibly silky smooth feel. It is the wood that bowling alleys are made from because of its hardness.

Curly Maple is maple that has a grain pattern that makes it look like it has curls and waves in it. When the curls are particularly pronounced it is called tiger maple. This is a spectacular wood, but I feel it should be used sparingly as it can be overpowering if a large piece is entirely made of curly maple.

Walnut is a beautiful dark brown wood but walnut lumber is generally not available in very long lengths. It also usually has more knots and sap wood (light colored outside wood of the tree) than other woods. Because of this furniture made in walnut requires the purchase of more lumber than would be needed to make the piece in another wood. Since walnut is already more expensive than cherry, maple, or oak this makes walnut furniture considerably more expensive.

Finish Options

A wide range of finishes including rubbing oils, varnish and lacquers can be used. Most finishes come in various sheens.

Custom Staining
The natural color of wood is beautiful however, quality wood furniture can be finished beautifully in your preference of wood stains and endless color choices.