“our cultural ancestors… are manifest in the artifacts they left behind. The work of their hands is … an indicator of our identity as their creative spirit reverberates in ourselves.” - John R. Watson, Artifacts in Use

I am convinced that the alluring draw of antique furniture is a combination of graceful proportions, hand worked surfaces, and a mellowed patina. There are makers out there today that specialize in the ostentatious high style masterpieces. While I have great admiration for the craftsmanship involved in that kind of work, I am convinced the majority of people don’t actually want to live with that stuff. Most folks I know love the simple, honest, vernacular representations of their heritage.

THE HUMAN TOUCH OF WORKMANSHIP
Before the Industrial Revolution, furniture makers were artisans. Trained in the “arts and mysteries” of the trade, each journeyman was equipped with a single tool chest that had all they needed to build any item of furniture. When machinery was introduced to the furniture making trade, these skilled artisans began to be replaced by operators of machines. This machine production has forever altered the way we perceive the material goods around us. Today, everything we see is plastic and monotonous “perfection”, with no evidence of the human touch of workmanship.

THE MARKS OF AUTHENTICITY

In the spirit of our furniture making ancestors, I leave the evidence of my workmanship on all my pieces. All furniture connoisseurs know to look for period hand tool marks from construction. Underneath, inside, and behind the piece all reveal the fingerprints of hand work.
No tablesaw, no router, no electric planer here. All rough lumber is worked by hand: hewed, sawed, planed, and polished all with 18th and 19th century tools guided by mind and powered by muscle alone. The results are authentic recreations of time tested furniture designs.

HISTORICALLY INFORMED

All my work is informed by the constant flow of period furniture through my conservation studio. Day in and day out, I am working on 200 year old furniture. This close contact with period pieces not only informs me of how these pieces were built, but it also reveals weak construction methods. Crafted by this knowledge, my furniture will outlast you.

BY COMMISSION

I am not a furniture factory. All my work is taken “bespoke” (on commission). If authentically handmade furniture is what you are looking for, please feel free to give me a call: (207) 610-2522 or email me: joshuaandrewklein@yahoo.com. I look forward to working with you.

Best Regards,
Joshua A. Klein


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