Each piece displays its own grain pattern and unique characteristics. We sign each piece as an affirmation of our best work.Design /Build your Thomas Morton Original
We handcraft each piece of furniture using traditional joinery methods, using contemporary tools.
Mortise-and-tenon joints, for example, are often hidden from view, yet provide strength and durability that endures. Our East/West chair has 31 mortise-and-tenon joints with tenons locked in place with a wooden cross pin to ensure the joint won't fail. Pinned-through mortise-and-tenon joints can also be visible, adding dimension to many of our pieces.
Many of our pieces utilize an interlocking dovetail joint. In addition to providing a joint that is unsurpassed in strength. The visually recognizable dovetail enhances the beauty of a piece of furniture. All of our quilt chests are constructed using this joint, ensuring that they will last many lifetimes. All drawers in our furniture are dovetailed.
Our furniture is constructed from premium grade hardwoods, harvested from the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania and New York.
Matching the natural wood's color and grain pattern to maintain balance is extremely important. Consequently, our craftsmen take extra time to carefully select specific boards appropriate for each component making up the piece of furniture. This results in a more beautiful piece of furniture, simply not available today in factories that mass produce furniture.View Our Furniture Gallery
True quality and integrity are often manifest in the obscure.
When you look at the back of our cases, you will not find plywood or masonite stapled on. Our backs are constructed of 5/8" solid wood. After the individual boards are milled and sized, they are then tongue & grooved and carefully fastened. This allows the wood to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity, adding to the longevity of each piece.
Dust panels are placed between the drawers in our furniture. This not only increases the strength of the piece, but it also serves as a lid to keep the drawer contents cleaner and prevents an overstuffed drawer from catching on the drawer rail.
A well-made drawer needs no hardware such as metal slides to make them operate smoothly. Our carefully hand-fitted drawers will provide a lifetime of carefree operation. The drawers in our furniture have finished interiors, thus preventing delicate clothing from snagging.
You won't find traditional metal hardware on our furniture. Instead, we've designed our own wooden, hand-made knobs.
After final hand sanding, a coat of warm oil is applied. The piece is then allowed to dry. This process is repeated 2 to 3 more times followed by a coat of paste wax. This labor-intensive method of finishing a piece of furniture is not only extremely durable, but also reveals the wood's distinctive natural color and grain. The result is a surface that is both resilient and pleasing to the eye and to the touch. Our finish is the foundation of the rich patina that will develop over the years.
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