The pocket watch that your grandfather or great-grandfather bought with his first real wages--the one that still keeps time to this day--the one that you plan to pass along to your child. The broach that great-great grandma bestowed on great-grandma on her wedding day--and that every woman in the family has worn since on her wedding day. Heirlooms. These objects are among our most cherished belongings.
Crafting ideas into heirlooms--our slogan--is more than a catchy turn of phrase. (Thank you, Kerry Holeman, the insightful branding!) Our slogan speaks both to our partnership with each of our clients and to our ideals. We believe in craftsmanship. We believe in making goods that will long outlive us (and you!). We believe in the value of creating precious objects that you and your family will treasure.
Yes, even furniture can be precious. It’s the table your family has surrounded for generations of Thanksgiving dinners or the sideboard that has held hundreds of birthday cakes. It’s the porch table where grandpa enjoyed his evening pipe and where dad still savors his morning coffee on a lazy Saturday. It’s the chest where mom kept all the baby blankets, where your sister keeps the family bible.
An heirloom is ordinary and extraordinary all in one. Sometimes the object is ordinary with an extraordinary story. An antique desk can be quite ordinary unless, say, a former president penned a letter atop it. Sometimes an extraordinary object is crafted by an ordinary maker. A desk hand carved from the giant walnut tree that fell in the backyard 70 years ago may not be Stickley, but Uncle Joe’s eye for design ensured it is a work of art that you and your siblings can’t decide who should keep because everyone wants it for their very own even if they don’t exactly have room for it...but, I digress.
For an object to become an heirloom, it must stand the test of time. That durability is all in the craftsmanship. We believe new furniture, expertly fashioned, is just the first step in an heirloom’s (hi)story. As you have read in other blog posts and seen in our Instagram feed, we still make our furniture and cabinetry by hand. The big pieces are milled and cut with machinery, but the finishing details are all done by hand—planed, chiseled, carved. Each dovetail is hewn and inspected for perfection in the fit. Each element of veneer is measured, hand cut, and fitted to the micrometer for the perfect pattern.
This attention to detail makes all the difference in the world when it comes to durability through the generations. In the ‘instant’ culture, we are grateful and blessed to create objects that endure, furniture that we hope will become your family heirlooms.