At Harpeth River Furniture we are passionate in building the best Furniture and cabinetry. Likewise, we are just as passionate at studying the master craftsmen of the past. Building quality cabinetry and furniture has been practiced for eons. Thousands of years ago the Egyptians discovered the technique of laminating wood. The Shakers used basic tools to create the most beautiful joinery that appeared simple yet last for generations. Even shipbuilders, who for thousands of years built wooden boats that had to stand up to the most severe of conditions. Through gaining the knowledge of pass masters we can create the heirloom pieces of the future. In today’s throw-away society people have to be reminded that furniture and cabinetry can, and should, last and be shared with generations to come.
We believe that wooden furniture should last at least as long the tree took to grow from which the furniture is made. Just about every family has furniture that has been passed down from previous generations. People often want to show us some piece of furniture that once belonged to their grandparents. Often times it’s just a simple table, desk, or dresser that is over 100 years old. Pieces that have been lifted and moved around rooms, into new houses, and even across country hundreds, if not thousands of times. And, yet so much furniture bought today is on the curb with the other garbage in just a few years. It comes apart after just being moved across a room. The doors or drawers fall apart simply because they were used like, well, doors and drawers. They were opened and closed daily.
Heirloom furniture that is built by artisans who use REAL wood, using proper furniture construction techniques, and finished with stains, lacquers, and waxes that are meant to hold up to daily use will, in most cases, out last your lifetime. This was true hundreds if not thousands of years ago and it is true today. There really are some things that do not change.
We at Harpeth River Furniture are dedicated to the continuing tradition of making such furniture and cabinetry. Contact us today to find out more about what we do. We would love to discuss any project or piece you have in mind.