Published at Monday, February 11th, 2019 - 08:19:15 AM. Home Design. By Alice Scott.
Wood and How it is Jointed. Choosing the correct wood is an art in itself, and fashioning an elegant piece of furniture using traditional carpentry joints that is as sturdy and strong as you require it to be is a sign of a master-craftsman. This is the quality only attainable with handmade furniture, no matter where it is crafted. Britain, the USA and Scandinavia are noted for the high quality of their craftsmanship, and France, Germany and Holland have all had their moments in furniture history. Today it is predominantly the first mentioned three that provide most of the higher-end handmade furniture. It is difficult to beat the craftsmanship of American furniture firms such The Custom Shoppe, American Craftsman and Stickley, while Southwood are without doubt the premier producer of reproduction furniture in the USA. There are many Amish furniture retailers that market products that have been handmade by individual craftsmen, using the traditional techniques passed down from father to son. The old jointing techniques are the best because they have been devised over time to provide the strongest and most enduring joint between two or more pieces of wood.
That is why a large proportion of Amish furniture offers a high degree of customization - because it is not sold from stock but made to order. It makes no difference if a table is fitted with this leg or that, or if it is needed an inch or so higher or lower. A kitchen cabinet can be made slightly shorter or longer to exactly fit the space available. The point is, such people need a means of showing the distributor what they can do, and craft fairs are a good way of doing that. Maybe you can make furniture - even if you only hand-make solid wood bench seats secured each end with wooden pegs. Show off your work, and you might be able to persuade a visiting retailer to display your bench in their showroom and take orders for you to make. Furniture events are not all simple sales on furniture. They have other uses and meet different needs. People attend them for their own reasons. Some might purchase the goods on show at a reduced price, while others might spot something for the future. Yet another might be lucky and find a retailer willing to sell their products. Furniture events have something for everyone.
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