Early American craftsmen brought time tested methods of furniture building with them from their ancestral homelands. Once here they modified their construction methods to fit the hardwood supplies of America. During this period the craftsmen had to employ methods to strengthen their furniture, mainly from the lack of hardware and screws. As time progressed these items were very expensive. The craftsmen used various joints and cuts to achieve the stability they desired, even though these were very time consuming and tedious. To this day, most of these methods are still the most lasting joints that can be added to a piece of furniture. Over the years, to cut labor time and because of the emergence of more cost efficient hardware, these joints and methods have all but been eliminated from furniture construction.
Here at YesterYear Furniture, we take pride in incorporating as many of these methods as possible. Screws are used only where we feel they strengthen the piece. Early craftsmen would use nails on parts like backs or bottoms, but we feel screws are a better option. We feel these old methods not only bring interest to a piece, but are actually the best method of construction. Each one of our pieces receives at least 3 coats of a hand applied finish. Our furniture is a product of old, time tested methods that can become true family heirlooms, unlike most of the short life furniture available in today's market.
We fabricate most of our pieces from authentic American Wormy Chestnut. This wood is being reclaimed from old structures and being brought back to life in these pieces. This is a wood that early craftsmen would have used- as this was once an abundant hardwood in America before the blight killed off almost all mature trees in the early 1900's (see history page).