By Colleen J Booker. Furniture. Published at Sunday, December 09th, 2018 - 07:52:10 AM.
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.
Handmade Amish Furniture. In fact, most Amish furniture is handcrafted by Amish people living in individual communities whose work is marketed by local or national furniture stores or distributors. Take Simply Amish, for example. This firm is located in Arcola Illinois, and most of the furniture they offer is handmade by craftsmen and women within 20 miles of their distribution center. They use wood from sustainable forests located no further than 500 miles away. This an example of local men and women handcrafting beautiful solid wood furniture, and able to sell it through a central retail outlet such as Simply Amish, which in turn markets the furniture through local furniture distributors and retailers. Thats what Made in America is supposed to mean!
A major benefit of such furniture events to the general public is being able to view new products often before they are available on general sale. Its the old story: many new products or even new ideas in furniture design or functionality fail to sell because few people know they exist. These types of exhibitions are not so much sales on furniture as furniture shows, during which orders can be take, but are primarily intended to show people what is available and which furniture stores and outlets are offering them.For that reason, many items of furniture can be sold at lower prices than normal. They are not offered at reduced prices because they are in anyway imperfect. In fact, some could be introductory prices for completely new designs and concepts. However, by selling a restricted number of items at a reduced price, a particular manufacturer can get his products known and furniture distributors and outlets get feet through the door. It is well worth the cost reduction of a particular item to bring a new customer into the showroom. The livelihood of both the maker and the seller of the furniture depends on the customer. It is a three-way arrangement. There is nothing to be lost by offering a customer a concession now and again, particularly if that person returns later to make more purchases.