Stickley Furniture: Hand Crafted In America for Americans

Stickley furniture is in the forefront of American furniture design and construction because of the intimate relationship between the craftsmen and women that make each piece and the woods that they use. Stickley cabinet makers understand the properties of their raw materials, and that's one of the qualities that sets the true craftsman apart from the others who just 'make furniture.'

Gustav Stickley marked every piece with the old Flemish phrase: 'Als Ik Kan' - "to the best of my ability." This was, and still is, the guiding principle of this wonderful furniture manufacturing company. In fact, to use the word 'manufacturing' would be to do this company a disservice - Stickley does not manufacture furniture. Its craftsmen and women lovingly create every piece by hand - every joint, every turned leg and every inch of beautiful upholstery.

Gustav Stickley was an exponent of the use of quarter sawn oak to display the flecks of the oak medullary rays, while Leopold invented the principle of Quadra linear posts, so that these rays and flecks could be seen on all four sides of a post rather than just the opposing two as previously. The Stickleys were pioneers of American furniture in many ways.

We only have to glance at some of this beautifully crafted furniture to appreciate the high standard of workmanship employed in creating it. Drawers are dovetailed with hidden dovetails joining the face of the drawer to the sides. All surfaces are properly finished, even those hidden inside and behind the drawer. The drawers are center hung and have a central guide to prevent them from skewing sideways when opening and closing.

Cross rails are dovetailed to form a joint that needs no glue. Glued dowels weaken with age because the glue degrades - dovetails and pinned tenons do not. Pinned mortise and tenons are used on most door joints for stability and strength. Quadralinear posts are used for chair arms, mitered joints are pinned for strength - and so it goes on. Quality of construction leads to long-lasting furniture that endures throughout the generations.

The woods used to craft this high quality American furniture are solid and natural - yes, veneers may be used occasionally, but only to apply a decorative hardwood veneer to a hardwood base. There is little to beat the beauty of a walnut tree root bole - when sliced into thin sheets, this part of the American walnut tree offers a beautiful pattern of swirls and whorls where the roots emerge from the trunk of the tree. You will find no particle-board at Stickley!

Stickley Starters offers you the company’s high standards at very affordable prices. With Stickley Starters, you can be sure of the Stickley high quality design, construction and craftsmanship in furniture for your children’s rooms, second bedrooms, or even in the furniture for your vacation home. The company understands that such furniture may change in use over the years, and therefore the Stickley Starters are of versatile designs that can be reconfigured as your needs change through time.

This furniture is built to last and to be used - it will withstand hard and robust usage due to its strong construction. With few joints relying on glue, each piece retains its strength and functionality over time. This is furniture that is passed down from generation to generation. Many grandparents are passing on the same Stickley furniture that they received from their parents and grandparents to their own grandchildren.

Perhaps an anachronism in this day and age when goods are made to be replaced, but Stickley furniture has not suffered because of it - on the contrary, their name and reputation endure just as their furniture endures. 'Als Ik Kan'

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