Made in America: What Does it Mean?

While the English and French have great furniture traditions, we should not forget that the USA has a wealth of skill in woodworking. This is born from the needs of our forefathers, who had to build their own homes and craft their own furniture, often from hand-made tools and always from native American woods.

Anyone who can fashion furniture from the awkward and tricky hickory tree is a true craftsman. However, it is from the American walnut, mahogany, white oak, black cherry and maple that most American furniture has historically been crafted. Beech, too, has been used and also occasionally gum, but these two woods are in the minority. Naturally, there are also some imported woods, but the above are those used for most furniture made in America.

The Age of Oak

Most mahogany came from Cuba and Honduras, so this is not a traditionally American hardwood. In fact, between the early 17th and Late 18th centuries, the main wood employed in American furniture was the coarse textured oak, which was eventually superseded by the finer-grained American walnut. The increasing use of quartersawn oak by Gustav Stickley gave this great tree a new lease of life in cabinet making and general furniture manufacture due to its regular grain and attractive white flecked medullary rays.

Here at Patterson Furniture, we carry products crafted by traditional American cabinet makers and furniture craftsmen and craftswomen such as L & J.G. Stickley, Sherrill, Southwood, Simply Amish, American Craftsman, Nichols and Stone, and Custom Shoppe - all brands manufactured right here in the USA. We carefully selected only the best American made brands so our customers would be assured of getting the very best quality and value for their home.

So what does this term "Made in America" stand for?

To most it signifies quality, value for money and high standards of traditional American workmanship. The brands carried at Patterson Furniture are distinguished by their hand-made furniture, crafted from solid hardwoods and not mass- produced utility pieces cobbled together using plywood or even melamine-coated particle board.

You cannot beat the solidity of American made solid wood furniture, perhaps veneered with a beautiful walnut burr sliced from the root bole with its swirling, ethereal patterns. American black cherry produces strong furniture that can be stained and varnished in a wide variety of finishes, and what is more beautiful than the flecked rays of quartersawn oak?

Made in America: Quality and Endurance

Made in America stands for quality and endurance, and where Patterson Furniture is concerned, it also stands for items of furniture that are hand-made and employing high standards of carpentry and craftsmanship. Joints are genuine dovetails, mortise-and-tenon and other high quality solid jointing techniques, produced through the use of superb cabinet making skills and carpentry.

The American furniture manufacturers today have learned from their grandfathers and great grandfathers, and so on down the line to the early pioneers who built their own homes and their own furniture. That is the foundation of the term 'Made in America' and it is a term for every American to proud of - it signifies the best materials and the best craftsmanship from Americans that combine artistry with imagination along with a mastery of their trade.

The best American furniture can easily rival that of the UK and continental Europe, and one of the significant features of high quality furniture made in America is its standards of joinery and construction, and the joinery techniques and artistry used by American cabinet makers is comparable with the best in the world. High quality wood, craftsmanship and design - what more can you ask for than durability, and American made furniture that lasts for generations.

Patterson Furniture is proud to support American companies and carry their wide variety of products because they are proven to be some of the best furniture design and craftsmanship in the world.

   
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