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  • Natural Wood Furniture Before You Buy

    Gorgeous, timeless and great in any home, natural wood furniture is a surefire way to upgrade your interior design scheme. But what do you need to know before you realize your timber furniture dreams? We’re here to tell you 7 vital pieces of information.

    • Not all woods are equal

    While price is no guarantee of quality or value, it can be an initial indicator of the kind of wood your furniture is crafted from. Make sure you do your research as stained knotty pine and Asian walnut are stratospheres apart! They are suitable for very different applications. You might also want to think about sustainability when selecting your timber as well.

    • How to clean it

    Any reputable wood furniture seller will be happy to give you plenty of advice for cleaning your new purchase! This advice will be good to not damage the wood itself or the finish that has been applied. Naturally, when it comes to things like coffee tables, common sense will prevail, with coasters being a good preventative measure. 

    • What warranty it carries

    A good craftsman stands by their product and should offer some kind of guarantee and easy-to-find company policies. Whether it’s one year, limited lifetime or lifetime, a warranty will give you peace of mind! That you’ve bought from a trustworthy manufacturer that will set right any unforeseen issues. 

    • A reclaimed natural barnwood bed Barnwood Heritage Bed

      What size the piece is

    If this sounds silly then you’ve obviously never misread dimensions before. Lucky you, because it is very common! Before you buy any natural wood furniture, be sure that you have fully understood all the measurements, including depth, before committing to buy. You might also want to check that your door frames are wide enough to accommodate too!

    • How a stain might affect the finished look

    Most furniture manufacturers have their own stain colors, so while you might have a ‘barnwood’ dresser already. That’s no guarantee that our antique barnwood bed will be a perfect color match. Depending on the type of wood being used and the stain itself, you could end up with a very different shade to the one you expect. If in doubt, as to see pictures in daylight and showroom lighting, to get a better feel.

    • link to a natural red cedar wood linen closet Rustic Red Cedar Linen Closet

      If it has an odor

    Certain wood types have a distinctive smell that they emit throughout their life. Though we think they are wonderful and add an authentic rustic feel to any room, they aren’t everybody’s cup of tea. Ask your manufacturer if the wood used in a particular item is known to be odorous and make a more informed decision from there. We will say that red cedar is beautifully perfumed though!

    • How it has been constructed

    Is your potential new furniture made by machine or hand? What joint types are used? Are any processes finished by hand? Where is your furniture made and is it to order or mass-produced and kept in stock? These are all important questions to ask, especially if the information is not clearly displayed on a product listing. 

    When made well and looked after, natural wood furniture can and frequently does last a lifetime! It gets passed down through generations of families for years to come. Always keep in mind that there is a relationship to be had with your pieces! So, research them thoroughly, give them a little love and they’ll delight you forever.

  • Big Glamor for the Littlest Room

    We know why the bathroom used to be called the littlest room in the house, but these days? It’s a chance to inject extra style, practicality and decadence into your cherished property. So let’s do away with the faux Victorian embarrassment and be unapologetic about our desires to make our ‘littlest rooms’ some of the most fabulous. So, lets interject some style with our Red Cedar Linen Closet!

    Bathrooms are strange spaces to decorate. Not only do you need to take into account all of the necessary plumbing, potential water spillages and functionality of your ablution station! You also need to make sure you’re considering storage. Why? Because aside from linens and cleaning products, there are a host of more personal items that you probably don’t want out on show. The solution isn’t a clunky cupboard or bulky shelving though, it’s a sleek linen closet. The problem is, no two bathrooms are ever the same, so how can you find the perfect solution? You come to us!

    A Beautiful Linen Closet for Your Bathroom!

    Link to the Rustic Red Cedar Linen Closet Rustic Red Cedar Linen Closet

    Our Red Cedar Log Bathroom Closet is an exquisite blend of practical design knowhow, flexibility and unabashedly good looks, because we are on a mission to prove that you can have it all. You just have to entrust your furniture design to a company that puts customer satisfaction and quality above everything else. So what can you personalize here? Almost everything!

    Width - We have seven standard widths for you to choose from. If you know exactly where you are going to place the cabinet and feel unsure! You can simply send us a drawing of your room (you don’t need to be Picasso!) and we will advise you.

    Hinge placement - Depending on where in the room your closet is placed, you’ll need the doors to open a certain way. We offer you total flexibility.

    Depth - Got a super small bathroom? That’s no problem, we can adapt how far your closet sticks out into the room. Everything needs to look proportional, so there are three options to choose from.

    Height - How high do you want your closet to be? Are we reaching up to the ceiling or staying within reach? We give you three choices.

    Options for your Storage Needs!

    With all of your dimensions decided upon, you can choose from metal or wooden handles and then decide whether or not to add extra shelves on the inside. Shelves are adjustable and give you so much more capacity to store and organize bathroom essentials. Please also note that any and all dimensions can be customized, upon request. We never want you to compromise when it comes to your home and the investments you make in it. If you need something slightly different, please don’t hesitate to ask if we can help.

    Link to the Rustic Red Cedar Bathroom Closet Rustic Red Cedar Linen Closet

    Made from beautiful and aromatic Eastern Red Cedar, your linen closet will smell and look as good as it functions! Also, because of the inherent strength of the material, we are only too happy to give you a free lifetime warranty. How many other companies offer that, especially for wooden bathroom furniture? Finished with a clear protective coat and shipped for free, your bathroom upgrade is just a few clicks away! So, what are you waiting for? 

  • Rooting out your new design aesthetic

    link to a modern root console table Modern Root Console Table

    You might think that you’ve seen some pretty bold furniture designs in your time! Today, we are going to introduce you to something wild. You probably never knew that you needed a truly show-stopping console table. However, you’re about to realize that they are your new obsession!

    Modern Console Table for your Rustic Home

    A modern root console table. How little these words actually convey about the sheer masterclass in elegant contemporary design that our creation embodies. As you can probably tell, we are exceptionally proud of this design and why wouldn’t we be? We wanted to come up with something new and original in terms of a metal and wood console table! Our expert team is always on the lookout for unusually striking pieces of timber, an idea was born.

    A contemporary wood console table might sound like a simple concept and in theory it is! However, as soon as we had the beginnings of an idea forming, we knew we needed to tread carefully. Maintaining a balance between unusual and chic, not to mention modern and organic, wouldn’t be easy! Although, it was doable, especially when we started with the most understated frame possible.

    You’ll see here a linear metal frame. Crafted from hand forged thick, sturdy metal, it is anything but basic. Built for purpose and to last, it resonates strength and a definitively masculine vibe! Which we have countered with the very symbol of life itself – a gorgeous organic root section. Using a teak root allows for the most beautiful undulations on color and markings, while also guaranteeing that every table be unique. After all, if you are buying a solid teak console table, the last thing you want is to see another exactly the same!

    Sized for any Room

    Available in five sizes as standard, we are more than happy to discuss personal preferences in terms of dimensions, finishing touches and even overall design.  For example, if you are craving a rustic modern console table and this one is almost ideal, but you’d love a live edge table top added, we can do that! Similarly, if you want to retain the most natural theme possible, how does a wooden frame sound, in place of the metal? Nothing is too much trouble for our customers! So, please don’t assume that you are limited to requesting a custom size! You can also ask to see a selection of root sections. If you’d like to be more involved in the design process! This is your table and it is destined to live in your home forever, so it has to be exactly as you want it!

    Due to the unusual nature of this design, we ask your indulgence of a generous production time. This will allow us to source the most beautiful root section possible and in return, we ship your new favorite piece of furniture for free (within the contiguous 48 states) and also supply it with a full year’s warranty in place.

    So what are you waiting for?  Your amazing new console table awaits!

  • Fit for a King

    link to the regal leather upholstered dining chair. Regal Leather Upholstered Dining Chair

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What good is a stylish dining table if you don’t give as much care and attention to the chairs that you select for it? After agonizing over your table choice, why not spend a little extra time considering which seat will really amplify the characteristics you love most about your new dining set?

    An Upholstered Dining Chair Design You'll Love

    We think you’ll love the design of our Regal Leather Upholstered Dining Chair for the following reasons:

    • They are made from the finest quality materials, by talented artisans
    • The styling of these leather dining chairs is understated enough to work in any home
    • They offer excellent support, thanks to a purposefully designed high back that also makes for an exceptionally comfortable dining chair
    • The design is timeless and adaptable

    There can be a very real temptation to over-complicate dining chair designs. As if to add some detail, that is perhaps absent from the accompanying table! However, with all of our dining furniture being so stunning, you can afford to embrace a more elegant and classic vibe with your seats. Don’t forget that simple doesn’t mean basic!

    We inject as much care, attention and expertise in our simple dining chair design as we do our most complex furniture pieces, not least because we are using premium materials. Naturally, when looking to create a beautiful and functional wood and leather dining chair, it is difficult to reinvent the aesthetic, so instead, we decided to focus on the strength and sumptuousness of the individual parts.

    Solid wood chair frames are made in-house, by our team of talented craftsmen. They are made with a perfect back angle and tapered legs that could both go unnoticed! However, they will make an enormous difference to your sitting comfort. We then take high density, quality upholstery foam and wrap it in buttery soft leather. That feels beautiful, looks exquisite and ages beautifully. After all, your dining chairs are a significant investment. So, you need to know that you’ll get as much use out of them as possible before even thinking about reupholstering

    Warming up Your Dining Room

    If you want to create a dining area that exudes warmth, class and an inviting ambiance, brown leather dining chairs are absolutely the way to go! We have made it as easy as possible to get a full set, for the best price.

    link to upholstered dining chairs and dining table Regal Leather Upholstered Dining Chairs & Rustic Dining Table

    When you buy a dining table from us and add a set of chairs, you’ll notice that the price drops significantly. By offering you a bundle deal, you can afford to change your entire dining suite in one go! Rather than staggering your redesign, because we know that a little instant gratification goes a long way! When ordered with a table of your choice, your chairs will drop from $499 to $349 each! They will also be shipped free of charge, within the contiguous 48 states.

    We bet your current dining chairs are feeling a little nervous now and rightly so!

  • Cutting No Corners

    Link to the octagon dining table Barnwood Octagon Dining Table with Pedestal Base

    There’s an old joke that says when you try to make a square table but cut too many corners, you end up with an octagonal top and it’s pretty funny! Apart from the fact that creating a beautifully shaped octagon dining table is no easy feat! Also, when we make a square table, we make a PERFECT square table!

    Thinking Outside the box with an Octagon Dining Table

    One shape doesn’t fit everyone or every home, so while a square or rectangular dining table might be slightly more the norm! We are always keen to think outside the box. That’s why we have created this - our stunning Barnwood Octagon Dining Table with Pedestal Base. It’s a devilishly rich, eye-catching and impressive piece of furniture that demands your attention! While also being a practical choice, thanks to the sheer sturdiness of the solid pedestal base. With just one central support, it is also more comfortable for multiple diners who don’t want to fight for leg space!

    So, why a barn wood dining table? Why not! Reclaimed barn wood is rich with heritage, history and makes for a sustainable choice! Whether you are looking for a pub, bar or dining height design, all of which are on offer here. There are also no size limitations, even when working with older material. That’s because our team of expert craftsmen are experienced in sourcing, selecting and working with timber that carries at least 100 years of history in its grain.

    No matter what size of table you are looking for, we will be able to source the perfect piece of wood for you and complete your project to the utmost standards. YOUR standards. A reclaimed wood table purchase should never be dependent on the timber already available and if it is, then you need to come and speak to us! Custom work is never a problem and the trickier your requirements, the more we look to rise to the occasion!

    Customize to your Desires

    Speaking of customization, if you would prefer this table with a round top…no problem! Just ask. It’s all very well creating an expandable wood table that can cater to a myriad of size requirements. However, if the top isn’t quite what you had in mind, it isn’t right. We know that pedestal dining table designs often come with a circular top! So if that’s what you’d prefer, but in the inimitable style shown here, then we are happy to oblige.

    We just have one more element to point out and that’s our lifetime warranty that comes as standard with this design! As well as, free shipping within the contiguous 48 states. We stand by our artisans, their knowledge and our own designs. So we see no reason for you to feel any concern at all. Take a full warranty on us and don’t snooze on our reviews either. We have a verified review for this very item, on our product page, so be sure to take a look and see what other customers think. We think it will tell you everything you need to know about our service quality and craftsmanship standards.

  • A Dinnertime Conversation Starter

    Link to a Contemporary Live Edge Dining Table Contemporary Live Edge Dining Table

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We need to apologize in advance, to all of our wonderful customers. We know that it’s incredibly rude to talk with your mouth full, but when guests sit down to eat at your Contemporary Live Edge Dining Table, we really don’t think they’ll remember their manners for want of congratulating you on your amazing taste!

    Beautiful yet simple Contemporary Live Edge Dining Table

    Simple doesn’t mean boring, at least not anymore, thanks to our take on live edge dining table design. Far too often we see competitors trying to combine numerous trends into one piece of furniture. The result being a mismatched and unappealing mess! That’s why we decided to get back to our roots with this, our stunning soft modern dining table.

    We started by thinking about the defining characteristics that we wanted to highlight. Naturally, this was going to be a solid wood dining table, so the wood being used needed to be of the finest quality and offer incredible aesthetic value, which is why we chose black walnut. An undisputed king of woods, the natural grain and color of black walnut lends itself to simpler designs! So perfectly, to bring glamour without gaudiness. Next, we considered shape and all agreed that a rectangular dining table exudes a classic elegance and importance! While also allowing for plenty of creative scope when it comes to the base, underneath.

    Given that we were aiming to design a contemporary dining table, we decided to use a linear, modern black metal base that creates maximum leg space, offers optimum support and strength, but also fades away into the background, allowing the expansive live edge top to really shine. What you can’t see, however, is what it takes to find the perfect wood for the top.

    Reclaimed Natural Wood Used in Creation

    We use reclaimed black walnut, meaning that we source from naturally fallen trees! The trees are then cut, kiln dried and nurtured. From here, our artisans use the wood to create a large live edge top. Then they finish it with just a clear coat, by hand, to preserve and amplify the stunning natural grain and markings within the wood itself. The term “labor of love” is no cliche in our workshop, but why do we go to such lengths? Because we want you to love this table yourself and to make it a treasured gathering place in your home. Don’t go worrying about marking your table either! It is a solid wood piece of furniture, meaning that it can be sanded and re-finished, to look brand new! That means this is so much more than just somewhere to eat – it’s an heirloom in the making!

    We ship for free within the contiguous 48 states and give you a 1-year warranty as standard! However, that’s where the ‘normal’ elements begin and finish. If you love this table but none of the size options are quite right, get in touch and let’s talk about making this fully customized for you. We are happy to build to any length or width requirements and do so regularly for our myriad of happy, return customers.

  • Top Tips for Doing Rustic Modern Home Decor Right

    By: Danielle Hegedus

    “Rustic Modern” may sound like an oxymoron; however, it’s one of the most beautiful, feng-shui friendly trends in the design world right now. Homeowners are really embracing the warmth of rustic design coupled with the streamlined Zen-look of more modern design. We love how this trend beautifully couples a wide array of natural building materials like metal, glass, stone, and wood—a hallmark of good feng shui! We also love how it encourages designers and homeowners to utilize recycled materials; to creating a unique, one-of-a-kind look that is also environmentally sustainable. Creating a rustic modern look may be a delicate balance! However, follow these simple guidelines and your home will be transformed in no time.

    Look for Furniture with Clean Lines for a Contemporary Feel

    One of the joys of rustic modern style is having a simple, clean, uncluttered space—no chaos allowed. When choosing furniture or decor to bring into your home, look for sleek, clean, functional pieces that come in simple geometric shapes. Avoid cluttering your furniture with knickknacks. You want to keep your space clear and open, which will also make cleaning a breeze. Keep your color palette neutral, to truly bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home. We especially like this Reclaimed Wood Entertainment Center with its clean lines and reclaimed wood, perfectly complemented by stainless steel drawer pulls.

    Reclaimed Wood Entertainment

    Rustic Modern Home Decor

    Incorporate Reclaimed Wood and Recycled Materials Into Your Rustic Modern Home Decor 

    Incorporating reclaimed or recycled materials into your home creates a rustic, eco-friendly feel; while also providing your home with one-of-a-kind pieces that infuse a sense of history into the space. Reclaimed wood is a popular choice for structural elements of your home like floors, beaming, and doors! However, it’s also gaining popularity in the furniture realm. We like the simple beauty of this Reclaimed Wood Platform Bed that definitely brings a Zen element to your bedroom, but without the stark, coldness often associated with a more minimalist design.

    Keep the commitment to using recycled materials top of mind when making choices about the rest of your rustic modern home decor, too. For instance, consider using bioglass or stone for your countertops to create a striking look! One that introduces more natural elements into your home, complementing the rustic decor. Additionally when you do add decor elements (remember not to go overboard, we don’t want to create clutter) to your home. You should consider highlighting simple antique pieces that don’t require additional manufacturing and production; making them eco-friendly and unique to your home.

    Urban Chic Bed

    Keep Rustic Modern Home Decor Simple and Reminiscent of Natural Elements

    If you’re not using antique or upcycled decor to pull your rustic modern home design together, try adding pieces (in limited quantity) that bring earth tone colors like white, cream, and varying shades of brown, blue, grey, and green into your home. Utilizing earth tones creates a color palette that is soothing and calm. Beyond color, look for items that are made from natural materials like wood, glass, metal, and stone.

    This Natural Wood Vase is the perfect example of how to subtly introduce earth tones into your home using natural materials. If you’re not sure if a decor item passes the rustic modern home decor test; think about whether or not you could see it naturally occurring in nature. To that end, remember to avoid anything that is plastic or that has the appearance of being mass produced! As this will really throw off the rustic element of your design scheme.

    Wood Vase in Blue Wash

    Mix an Array of Natural Building Materials to Create a Modern, Industrial Feel

    Though rustic decor tends to favor wood; it’s important to introduce some other natural elements that provide contrasting texture! This is in order to shift your design from what could easily become a country, log cabin feel; to a more balanced rustic modern look. We love this Rustic Hammered Copper Mirror as it meets all of our guidelines. It has clean lines. It’s made from sustainable naturally-occurring copper. It even brings earth tones into your space; but because of the metal foundation, the color shines, creating a vibrant pop of color in your home.

    Rustic Metal Mirror

    We hope these simple guidelines will help you create the rustic modern home design that you are seeking. When executed successfully, rustic modern home decor design will give your home or cottage a clean, calm, nature-inspired feel that is truly unique. The look will also reflect your commitment to sustainability, too—making it a look-good, feel-good design choice!

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  • Free Form Rustic Furniture

    There are many styles of rustic furniture.  The most common and thought of is traditional log furniture made from natural logs – often hand peeled – sometimes with its bark left intact.  Log furniture can be described as the simplest or even the most primitive of the rustic furniture styles. There is Adirondack style rustic furniture.  The wealthy business people 20th century from New York built their summer lodges and camps up in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains.  Local craftsman were commissioned to build rustic furniture from domestic woods.  Natural birch bark was prevalent and used in many designs, and over time birch bark furniture became a look synonymous with Adirondack style rustic furniture.  Out west there was Mr. Thomas Molesworth with his distinct style and use of lodge pole pine.  Mr. Molesworth combined natural wood, leather and accented his furniture with half log pieces and silhouettes of cowboys, cowgirls, buffalo and other western motifs.  Then there is newcomer into the world of rustic furniture - barn wood furniture.  Furniture made from reclaimed wood planks & beams from Midwestern barns.  Barn wood has distinct texture. 100+ years of being subjected to the sun, rain and wind gives wood a distinct texture and warm patina.  Barnwood makes excellent rustic furniture.  There is a 21st century trend to build furniture from reclaimed wood and mix it with modern bases or use it in linear furniture designs.  This combination or style could be argued is a form of rustic furniture.  Yes, it is modern, but it is also rustic.  One style that is seldom discussed, but without doubt, is a distinct and prevalent category of rustic furniture is “free form rustic furniture.”  What is free form rustic furniture you might ask?

    Well, free form rustic furniture has been around almost as long as any of the styles. What makes it a distinct style?  Well, quite simply stated free form furniture has no right angles. No two pieces could ever be alike as it is primarily made with twisty branches or natural roots. Mr. Raymond W. Overholzer may be the earliest known free form rustic furniture builder.  In the 1920’s Mr. Overholzer lived near the Manistee National Forest in Michigan.  Mr. Overholzer often wandered through the forest.  He lamented the over logging and worried that pine would never again grow naturally in the forest so he began to collect pine roots and branches.  He started to fashion free from style furniture from his collection of organic, twisty woods and an artisan and distinct style was born.  Mr. Overholzer works can be viewed at the “Shrine of the Pines”, a log cabin gallery showcasing Mr. Overholzer’s furniture in Baldwin, Michigan.  If you are a person who likes rustic furniture or a rustic furniture builder, this is a place you must visit. Put it on the bucket list.  Mr. Overholzer made over 200 works in his lifetime.

    There are many talented free form furniture builders that deserve mentioning, but time does not allow mentioning all in this article.  One of the most famous was Matt Madsen.  Mr. Madsen started building free form rustic furniture in northern California in the fifties.  Mr. Madsen liked to use redwood roots, manzanita, and juniper and combine these with thick solid slabs of burl buckeye and redwood.  Matt moved and built furniture in many different areas of California, but he always stayed true to his distinct look.  Mr. Madsen was a prolific rustic furniture builder.  He often worked seven days a weeks.  He loved to push the boundaries of designs.  Mr. Madsen really became known for his incredible free form grandfather clocks and rockers, but anything he built quickly found a home.

    In 2001 Mr. Madsen moved to northern Michigan to be close to his wife’s family.  Mr. Madsen was in his seventies, but he still had the passion to design and build rustic furniture.  Being in Michigan it was inevitable that our paths would cross.  They eventually did and a friendship was formed.  Several months later Mr. Madsen asked if he could work out of our newly built workshop.  The answer may have taken less than a second to come out of my mouth, but it was resounding “yes”.  Woodland Creek would have one of the best free form rustic furniture builders of all time teaching and mentoring us.  We soaked up everything he offered.  We watched and listened like all young apprentices should. Matt taught us how the wood has to flow and appear as if Mother Nature intended it to be this way.  Not all the guys were able to learn the art of free form rustic furniture.  Some thought and built linear and building free form was not within their abilities.  We are very appreciative of everything Matt taught us. Matt’s wife passed away, and he desired to be near his family back in California so we shook hands and parted friends.  We had Matt with us for about two wonderful years.  Matt passed away about 18 months after moving.  We honor Matt everyday by carrying on with his unique style of free form rustic furniture. I think Matt would be proud to see some of the new designs the men he taught have introduced over the past ten years.  Matt loved to push the boundary of rustic furniture design and so do we.

    On behalf of all the woodworkers of Woodland Creek Furniture, I would like to invite you to visit our workshop and see the guys carrying on the free form style of Matt Madsen.  We give tours of our workshop seven days a week.

    Sincerely,

    Rob Evina
    President
    Woodland Creek Furniture

  • Customer Reviews Woodland Creek Furniture

    Customer Reviews Woodland Creek , A Rustic Furniture Retailer, Receives National Award For Positive Customer Reviews

    February 4, 2014 – Woodland Creek Furniture of Traverse City, Michigan has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading national online platform for home design.

    The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction & Reviews and Furniture/Home Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013.

    Users of Houzz, known as “Houzzers” saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

    We’re delighted to recognize Woodland Creek Furniture among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

    You can follow Woodland Creek Furniture on Houzz at: http://www.houzz.com/pro/woodlandcreek/

    Woodland Creek manufactures and retails handcrafted rustic furniture made from reclaimed barn wood & solid natural woods made to customers’ specifications. Last year, Woodland Creek shipped over 2,000 custom made pieces of rustic furniture to homes throughout the U.S. and Canada via their web site. Woodland Creek was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

    Local Traverse City residents George & Suzann Grazul could not find the perfect entertainment center for their new home after visiting most of the larger furniture stores. They stopped into Woodland Creek and found a design they “almost” agreed upon. “It was close, but not perfect. We then found out it could be customized. We explained our needs and the salesperson told us it could be done” states Mr. Grazul. Woodland Creek furnished a CAD drawing and the piece was built and delivered within the promised time frame. “We love our entertainment center, and we would recommend Woodland Creek Furniture to our friends.”

    Many (not all) of Woodland Creek’s rustic furniture designs are actually made in their northern Michigan workshop by Michiganders. Other designs come from select smaller specialty manufactures around the U.S., and they also direct import from overseas companies that demonstrate sustainable furniture building practices. Woodland Creek has defied the odds and actually grown while many U.S. furniture manufactures have been forced to close due to economic pressures created by mass produced, cheaper imported furniture. “We are bringing jobs home one by one” says President, Robert Evina. Most of the furniture sold by the big box stores is made in China. Each time we take an order from a big box store, we create work for our employees. Evina doesn’t want customers to consider Woodland Creek just because it is made in Michigan. Rather, “we can compete with our unique designs, handcrafted quality, fair pricing and custom options. The fact that it is made in Michigan or the USA is just a bonus” says Evina.

    Woodland Creek is located at 4290 US 31 North across from East Bay. Woodland Creek has a web site with over 1,250 rustic & soft modern furniture designs. All designs can be customized both in size and color. Woodland Creek operates a sister brand store under the name Woodland Creek Modern, located right next to our Woodland Creek Rustic store in Traverse City, MI. All of Woodland Creek Moderns furniture designs are also customizable. Woodland Creek Modern showcases traditional, eclectic and soft modern furniture designs. Both stores are open seven days a week from 10:00 to 5:00. 231.938.8025. www.woodlandcreekfurniture.com & www.woodlandcreekmodern.com

  • Handcrafted Furniture

    Handcrafted furniture is becoming increasingly more and more popular. Why in the age of low priced mass produced furniture would someone pay more for handcrafted furniture? I have a simple theory as to why. First, the world is truly becoming more and more mass produced. Mega factories now employ tens of thousands of people at a time. Just about everything you see on your local retail stores’ shelves is made in huge quantities; and, usually with resins or plastics, manmade chemicals, and as cheaply as possible.

    Our kids toys, our kitchen utensils, our lawn equipment – I could go on and on. Very little is high quality or handmade anymore. Furniture is some of the lowest quality products in the marketplace. The large furniture retailers must maintain super high profit margins so they can have their fake 50% off sales every other week. 99% of their furniture is made in mega factories overseas with low wage workers and the least expensive materials. They do not make one or two pieces of furniture at a time – rather they order hundreds and sometimes thousands of pieces of the same design. It is mass production on steroids.

    A Personal Handcrafted Furniture Story

    I will share a true story with you. My wife and I purchased a home less than two years ago. The vast majority of the furniture used to fill this home came from either Woodland Creek Furniture or Woodland Creek Modern. My wife needed a desk made, and we have been pretty busy with orders and under pressure to make promised delivery dates so I told her it would be about eight weeks before we could make one for her. That was not good enough for her. She had to have one immediately! So, she goes off to IKEA in another town. She returns with a knock down (you must put together) office desk. She proceeds to put it together and set up her office. I will admit that it looked good.

    Short lasted

    She tells me the price, and I am dumbfounded that something can be made and sold this inexpensive. I pick my battles so I let the conversation I wanted to have go about the quality, durability and longevity and opted to let time expose the facts and demonstrate my point (and win the argument that was sure to follow). Sure enough it has not even been two years. It has been 23 months, and it surly started sooner, but I rarely go into her office to take notice of the problem. I needed something from her office at which time I notice the laminate is wearing through and you can see the particle board (pressed saw dust bound by glue to make wood) underneath.

    At first I thought I was seeing things so I went and put on my cheaters. Sure enough there it was – the laminate was paper thin and wearing through. Now, my wife only uses her office maybe once or twice a week. The kids will occasionally watch a video before being told to leave her office and go find an iPad. What I am trying to say is “the office does not get used on a regular basis.” The bottom line is – the furniture is low quality junk and not meant to last. It maybe would have lasted one year with normal use before showing serious signs of wear. You figure your time of purchasing the furniture, assembly – only to repeat every few years, and it is not as inexpensive as it seems. You truly get what you pay for.

    Quality Handcrafted Furniture

    I am quite proud that Woodland Creeks handcrafts quality furniture made from solid woods in unique designs ranging from rustic to soft modern. Woodland Creek has been crafting quality furniture for fourteen years now, and I know that the vast majority of our furniture will be around for many, many years – decades and in some cases even centuries. The only way it will not be is if it is abused or burned. Real, solid wood furniture can be refinished and look brand new for another decade or two. I saw one of our copper vanities at a customer’s home not too long ago. The vanity was purchased from one of our stores some eight years ago, and I honestly can say it looked as good as the day it was delivered.

    Our long lasting Furniture!

    Our barnwood furniture is being used in high traffic commercial businesses, and the reports back are “it is indestructible”. It is so easy to touch up. If you ever get a scratch in it, you can touch up it up with a tinted wax in minutes. You would be hard pressed to tell if the fresh blemish was done a hundred years ago by the farmer erecting the barn or minutes ago by your young son being too aggressive with one of his toys. Barnwood furniture is the type of furniture that only gets better looking over time.

    Woodland Creek’s live edge dining tables are made from 2” to 3” solid slabs of natural wood. Unless you let your kids play with hammers or matches at the table, these tables will outlive us. Sure, maybe in 6-10 years (depending on use and how many little kids or grandchildren you have) you will want to have the top refinished, but rest assured in less time than it take to run to IKEA to buy and assemble one of their tables, you can have this top refinished and back in your home for many more years of use.

    A Range of Designs!

    Woodland Creek presently has 1445 furniture designs on its web site. Every one of these designs can be made in custom sizes – this means any length, width or height needed. Most designs have endless finish options. You can specify no sheen (shine), soft sheen or high sheen. We enjoy designing and crafting custom layouts to fit your home. I think you will find that handcrafted furniture by Woodland Creek priced very reasonable when you factor in the uniqueness, solid wood and American quality that comes with each piece of furniture. We give tours of our workshop seven days a week; so, please consider this an invitation to come see our unique woods and the men and women that make Woodland Creek Furniture the company it is. We take pride in the furniture and service we provide. We would be honored to handcraft a quality piece of furniture for your home.

    Thank you for reading this blog entry.

    Rob Evina
    Woodland Creek Furniture
    Founder/President

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