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Moving Away from Skilled Furniture Making

Posted by Laurence Lok on

While the Industrial Revolution was a major step forward toward better standardization of products in Europe and North America, it also revolutionized the way we make furniture – and not necessarily in a good way.

Industrial Revolution

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The Industrial Revolution gave birth to the concept of mass production which in turn led to a boom for manufacturers around globe. With new found technology present in factories, companies could produce exponentially more quantity than they could before. Unfortunately, this didn’t bode well for the fine furniture industry. Skilled cabinetmakers of Chippendale furniture, Victorian furniture, and other antique styles dwindled down to the point where it was tough to compete against those that relied on machinery to do their work.

Today, only a handful of companies still exist that produce quality antique reproduction furniture using tried and true hand construction techniques and high quality materials. Skilled craftsmen at these establishments use top joinery techniques and all hard wood to achieve designs that made furniture so durable and reliable back before the Industrial Revolution. Antique reproduction furniture from a reputable dealer will not only add a bit of flair to your home, it will also serve as a great investment for years to come.