Today, all furniture is not created equal. The difference between mass produced and handcrafted furniture is in the materials that are used, the time and the craftsmanship that's put into each and every piece. The higher-end furniture that's typically purchased from a large retail store is nice, but not expected to last longer than seven years.
In the old world, artisans and other craftsman took their time to build each unique piece. The ability to build true handcrafted works of art still exists today, thanks to our friends in the Amish community.
The truest difference between old world craftsmanship and mass-produced furniture is significant. Here's some of the important differences:
North American hardwoods have the highest standards of sustainable forestry and are the most consistent quality woods in the world. They offer outstanding grain patterns, mellow with age and grow more beautiful over the years.
From the 1300’s, the term means using interlocking joints to maximize the surface area of the joint where the furniture is adhered to each other. The larger the wood surface area for the glue to bond increases the strength of the joint. The result is clean lines and unmatched durability. Mass retailers don't utilize this method.
OLD WORLD QUALITY INDOOR FURNITURE
We all, unfortunately, have experienced the problems with wood-on-wood drawer slides. This time and cost-saver from mass-produced furniture creates warping, binding and sticking. Full-extension drawer glides ensure easy opening for generations. This is truly a vital component of quality furniture.
Fine furniture makers utilize a process known as baked-on conversion varnish when they provide the finish to their pieces. This finish helps your investment resist oil, grease, alcohol and other common spills. It also helps resist cracking due to age or extreme temperatures. Better yet, it creates a silky finish that feels great to the touch and provides a soft, sophisticated look.