05 May 2011

homegrown furniture

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a drive through the Virginia countryside. We drove to Madison, Va about 25 miles north of Charlottesville.
The drive was for the purpose of picking up
 my almost 2 year old's birthday present at E. A. Clore and Sons furniture.

This youth chair is her "big girl chair" and while I could wax sentimental here, I'll just keep it to the facts.
The chair is wonderful and satisfies my aversion to plastic furniture.
It is made right here in Virginia at a most charming little factory in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains.
Even the people that work there are charming.
The furniture is heirloom quality and I hope it sees many a future generation in our family.
You won't find any sleek lucite consoles here but I wanted something other than that and Fisher-Price just wouldn't do.
Here is a bit of info gleaned from the E. A. Clore and Sons site.

E. A. Clore Sons is a family owned business that has been in the Clore family since Moses Clore began making furniture in Madison, VA in 1830.

E. A. Clore Sons was listed by Family Business in the Summer 2008 issue as the 43rd oldest family company in the United States.

The Clore family has continuously produced handsome and enduring furniture in the Early American tradition since 1830. The knowledge and skills needed in making our handcrafted furniture has been passed down with pride from generation to generation. Each piece of Clore furniture is crafted to remain beautiful for years to come using techniques such as mortice-and-tenon construction and dovetailed drawers.

I love buying locally and I am just thrilled with the chair.

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