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Our Continuing Search for Quality

We are always on the hunt for quality furniture to make available to our customers.  That sounds like an easy concept but sometimes it’s a tall order.  We spend countless hours researching styles, color trends and quality.  In our search for an American case goods manufacturer we recently found Daniels Amish .dining AmishAmish

Daniels Amish is the real McCoy, hand built wood bedroom and dining furniture made the old fashioned way, making quality the first and foremost focus of their business.  Each piece they build is available in 5 different woods, (Oak, Maple, Cherry, Hickory and White Oak).  Each piece is available in 25 stains and 30 different hardware choices.  Daniels Amish even uses a catalyzed top coat over the entire exterior and inside drawers to protect against moisture, stains and scratches.  Each piece is given 7 step stain and finish process that really makes the furniture glow.  Barron’s owner Jeremy Edwards said, “The staff here at Barron’s is all very impressed with the quality.  In this day and age it’s nice to see a furniture company that has so many options and is made right here in America”.   Don’t get confused by the name, Amish is just referring to its heritage and hand crafted manufacturing.  The styles are abundant reaching from contemporary to the very traditional.

Come in and take a look at what Daniel’s Amish has to offer.  I think you will be as impressed as we are.

History of the Furniture Industry

 

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The furniture industry has changed so much in the last 20 years that it’s almost a completely different business from when I was growing up in it. For years, American furniture companies were the stodgy old time companies that employed generation after generation of families working in the same factories. In the not so distant past, furniture manufacturers in the Virginias and Carolinas would employ whole towns. Furniture was made the old fashioned way, hand-made and finished where quality was at the utmost importance. Let’s face it, if you were working next to your father and grandfather you wouldn’t want to disappoint them. This quality craftsmanship was so evident in the past because factories were competing against each other and family names were at stake.

 

 

 

 

china_guang_dong_top_furniture_FactoryIn the nineties we saw somewhat of a revolution, more and more companies started importing pieces of their lines. First it was spindles or carved appliques then knobs, legs, and whole case pieces. We saw American wood being shipped overseas and whole collections being produced on ships just miles off our shores with mills in their hulls, complete with stain and finishing lines. Then came the time when American factories started teaming up with Chinese companies to produce every piece of their formerly American made furniture in China. These Chinese factories were not the decade old factories like our industry, but highly efficient manufacturing facilities that would encompass whole towns much like the American companies did 100 years before. These factories produced, at first glance, a very high quality but almost sterile version of the handcrafted and unique pieces that we were used to seeing. However disappointing, this was a sign of the times. The furniture became over-carved and oversized and the prices kept falling. Which, in ways, was a great thing but to a traditionalist it was somewhat sad. These glossy monster-sized pieces had no heritage and were void of character. The laser guided saw was programmed to cut out imperfections, but instead it cut out the originality of the wood. But a bang for the buck it was.

 

factory3I’m mixed and so is our store. We have a combination of pieces from all over the world. We know our customers want high quality furniture at affordable prices. Some of our customers don’t care where the piece comes from as long as it has quality. Some customers want that special hand-crafted piece that has personality and heritage. Some want American-made and won’t settle for less. Some people view furniture as temporary necessities, while others view it as future family heirlooms. Our mission is to satisfy our customers with a well-rounded inventory of quality furniture that is priced affordably, and, above all, give our customers the quality of service that has been part of what has made Barron’s Furniture so successful for the past 37 years.