Samuel Tucker. Furniture. May 17th , 2018.
None of this suggests that the furniture concerned is not handmade, although much foreign furniture, and some American furniture, is made by robots. True handmade American furniture is offered by a number of well-known traditional firms such as Stickley, Sherrill, Southwood, The Custom Shoppe, Simply Amish and American Craftsman.
Wood and How it is Jointed. Choosing the correct wood is an art in itself, and fashioning an elegant piece of furniture using traditional carpentry joints that is as sturdy and strong as you require it to be is a sign of a master-craftsman. This is the quality only attainable with handmade furniture, no matter where it is crafted.
However, most of todays furnishings are still not designed to be moved around regularly. As anyone who has tried to relocate with traditional furniture can attest to, nearly every move results in some serious damage to ones most valued furnishings, and it is often very expensive to repair any type of significant damage to traditional furniture unless the owner is an experienced craftsman. This is one of the reasons why less families are purchasing furniture these days with the intent to pass the pieces down to their children some day, as most furniture simply is not designed to put up with the frequency with which people move about in the modern era.
Oriental black lacquered furniture was commonly found in the temples and palaces and homes of the wealthy upper classes. Four basic styles of lacquered furniture design were used throughout the Ming and Qing Dynasties which lasted from 1368 - 1911. These styles included carving the lacquer, using black lacquer to fill in a design engraved into the wood and rubbing it flat, outlining the black lacquer and inlaying mother-of-pearl into the lacquer.
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