Friday, May 4, 2012

Making Furniture

We finish off trade school week with this picture of students learning how to make furniture. The picture was taken i 1899. I am under the impression that until fairly recently a lot of furniture was made in the US in North and South Carolina, but that that too has been pretty much moved off shore.


  1. Another very informative week of pictures. Looks like the guy in the middle is making the apolstery for the chair. I've always wondered how they do that. Today everything is automated and boring if you ask me. I think it is so much more rewarding to make something by hand rather than watch a machine make it. I like to pick up furniture that others throw away and refinish it. So many people throw out perfectly good tables and bureaus etc with just scratches on it or maybe a broken drawer. You don't even have to go to the dump, it's just on the side of the road. One year my wife bought me a scroll saw for Christmas. Best present I ever got. Even if I pick up a piece of furniture beyond repair I use the nice wood and make decorative plaques, etc. People love the hand made / hand crafted Christmas and birthday presents. I swear I was born 100 years too late, LOL. Have a Nice Weekend everyone.

    1. Good for you Dave, not only recycling but making a few bucks on the side.

  2. It is sad that in making things "better" we have lost the wonderful craftsmanship that went into building and making most everything. Great photos this week; I love the contrast of the fancy chair sitting on the rustic sawhorse in this one. I am a maker -- nothing fancy like furniture, but we make things out of wood, sew, crochet and embroider our little hearts out. I can't imagine my life without all that fun. :)

  3. Furniture often speaks of the nature of a society and its people, its joys, and its fears.
    After 30 years of going into customers homes I can tell a lot about a person just by what they surround themselves with. It's like entering their soul.

  4. I love the photos this week. Oh, how I wish today's young people could understand the importance of working with thier hands. We are trying to teach our 11 year old son that very thing.
    Thank you for sharing all the wonderful photos.

  5. Have you noticed the 1899 jeans?

  6. We usually associate 1899 jeans with gold searchers, cowboys but never with civil and ordinary people. Right?

  7. Here you've got a challenge: Try to find very old jeans pictures in ordinary people (not farmers, not cowboys). It is a hard mission. Isn't it?

  8. This past week's pictures were great.
    It warmed my heart to see such genuine industriousness.
    I wish we could get more of that here these days.
    Thank you.