Custom Wood Furniture / handmade in Wichita, Kansas
Wood case furniture must be built to stand the test of time. If assembled correctly furniture will maintain its integrity for centuries. Many fine examples of early 18th century American and even older case furniture can be found today. Clicking on the crabtree woodworks logo will take you back to home page. Most pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.
Whenever I walk through a furniture store, I am amazed. With all the technology and machinery we have today, we seldom create furniture that can match the quality of yesterday. Keep in mind, two centuries ago furniture makers used almost only hand tools. They worked in poorly equipped shops compared to today’s standards, yet they produced masterpieces that we now cherish and deem priceless in our museums.
What makes this “old” furniture so special? It was the skill of the “artist”.
” He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
-Francis of Assisi
The images below reveal examples of joinery I integrate in every piece I make.