Historically, wood has been the material of choice for crafting furniture. The advent of the industrial revolution birthed innovative material technology and the efficiencies of mass production. These advances transformed the manufacturing of furniture. Alternative materials such as particleboard, MDF, plastic, steel, and aluminum were more affordable and amenable to mass-produce than wood.
As the production of fine, handcrafted, solid wood furniture has declined over the last 150 years, its prominence and desirability have continued to gain elevated status. Furniture handsomely crafted from a regal hardwood transcends the passage of time and fleeting styles. The ingrained aesthetic that captured the eye of Pharaohs still casts its spell to this day. The attraction and mystique of hardwood furniture are found in its durability, beauty, and uniqueness.
Strong and Durable
Wood endures through generations, but longevity does depend on the type of wood. True hardwoods such as walnut, maple, and cherry retain their rich appearance over centuries. Well-made furniture crafted from best quality hardwoods can hold up for generations despite heavy use. Wood remains far and away the most durable material for crafting handmade furniture. Wood well-kept will not wear out. It wears well!
Fine hardwoods possess an unmatched beauty. Subtle and nuanced, exquisitely grained woods like live edge walnut, maple, and cherry vividly manifest this aesthetic quality. Slight variations in grain thickness, direction, and texture pop when seen together.
The craftsman enjoys greater artistic license when working with wood than with any other material. A boundless potential of design innovation awaits the bold artisan who works the wood. Machines can accomplish only so much with metal or plastic. The individual uniqueness of each piece creates an added layer of value.
Unique and Authentic
No two pieces of solid wood furniture are identical, even if they are the same type and style of furniture. The wood procured for each piece has its own unique story. Each customer has a unique journey that planted them in the showroom, searching for a custom-made heirloom.
Variations in the design-build process contribute to this uniqueness. Each craftsman lends their own identity to each piece they touch. The subtle nuances of each wood—the grain, density, color, texture, and finish—create a fingerprint for each piece.
The customer’s intimate involvement in the design process accentuates the uniqueness of the final product. Each piece of furniture is crafted to satisfy the unique desires of the customer and reflects the unique artistry of its designer and crafter.
Once in place, each piece of furniture embarks on a journey that seals its uniqueness. Life, family, work, and inspiration happen at a table commissioned for these purposes. Each dent, gouge, or imperfection authenticates the table and validates its mission. Memories are literally embedded in the table.
Easily Maintained and Repaired
Custom handcrafted furniture is also easy to maintain. Regular dusting with a microfiber cloth and a furniture cleaner such as Pledge is all that is needed. Furniture sealed with the highest quality products easily withstand spills. Simply wipe up the spill or mess with a moist microfiber cloth.
Well-designed and solidly constructed wood furniture will enhance any home aesthetic. Whether rustic, traditional, or modern, wood can be sculpted to accommodate any décor. Wood creates a sense of the natural world indoors. Elegant hardwood furniture can evoke intimacy and warmth in a city apartment or cramped urban loft.
Unlike plastic, wood is a sustainable resource. As long as they are harvested responsibly, trees can be continually replenished. Solid wood furniture can be repurposed and repaired. It need not end up in a landfill.
Other “Wood” Options
Clearly, solid wood furniture is superior to wood substitutes. Veneer particleboard, a low-density fiberboard, is an example of a wood substitute. It lacks strength and durability and will not stand the test of time. Particleboard is vulnerable to changes in temperature and moisture. Exposure to moisture can lead to warping. Particleboard eventually degrades, and the veneer will separate from the substrate.
Particleboard consists of wood fibers (sawdust), glue, and formaldehyde. The formaldehyde gradually disburses into the home environment, which is not healthy for family or pets. The glue used in the manufacturing of particleboard is not as eco-friendly as solid wood.
Custom handcrafted hardwood furniture is durable, beautiful, and unique. It is an investment that will last many generations.