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  • Reclaimed Wood Bedroom Furniture

    Vintage Americana Barn Wood Six Drawer Dresser

    Reclaimed Wood Bedroom Furniture To Dream About

    Reclaimed Wood Bedroom Furniture is enough to set the tone for any home. We’ve made no secret of the fact that we love reclaimed timber, but did you know that we love to see how we can push the limit of what we can create with it? Sure, decorative elements are easy enough, but when it comes to putting historic wood into structural storage items, that takes a special level of expertise. We like to think we are the experts in this field and we are going to prove it today, by introducing our Vintage Colors Barnwood Dresser and matching mirror.

    We know what you’re thinking and no, this is not just any vintage wood dresser! This is a reclaimed wood dresser that has been lovingly crafted from an incomparable mix of heritage timber and hand forged metal. We have brought together the essence of the Midwest with amazing artistry, while never losing sight of what’s really important – your storage needs. It’s fair to say that we are very proud of this piece and in particular, the following elements:

    That gorgeous wood – In every nuance and mark on the reclaimed timber that we use, you can see over a century of American history. That’s not artisan speak for ‘tatty’ by the way, we mean that every nail and saw mark tells a story and adds to the ambience that your dresser exudes.

    Our choice of colors – We could have gone crazy here, but we wanted to keep within the spectrum of the woods that we put to such good use. Deep, rich and organic hues were the key, adding just enough contrast and coordination to turn an already beautiful dresser into something that everybody covets.

    Extra artisan touches – With repurposed wood furniture, it seems as though some other designers get a little lazy and rely just on the wood itself to make their pieces stand out. We don’t do that here at Woodland Creek, as we are always trying to amplify the natural good looks of our materials and here, we’ve chosen to add in hand forged metal drawer handles. Playing on the old world feel of the overall design, we think this extra touch adds not only something aesthetic but also eminent practicality. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the design mimics horseshoes, for a further nod to the Midwest.

    Restore Your Bedroom in Style

    With six large drawers in place, you won’t need to worry about running out of space for all your belongings and while you might fancy adding a matching nightstand to complete the old wood bedroom furniture look, can we recommend a mirror? The perfect accompaniment that requires no extra floor space to be sacrificed, it will pull a whole theme together with ease and we can ship your two pieces together, taking full advantage of our free shipping within the USA.

    If you think it can’t get any better than a stunning storage dresser and matching mirror, crafted from reclaimed timber and with American heritage coursing through it, how about we add a lifetime warranty as well? That’s the Woodland Creek difference!

    Vintage Americana Barn Wood End Table
  • Multicolored Barn Wood Bed

    Multicolored Barn Wood Bed Vintage Americana Barn Wood Bed
    Multicolored Barn Wood Bed Vintage Americana Barn Wood Bed

    Multicolored Barn Wood Bed To Salvage Your Bedroom

    A multicolored barn wood bed might not be a ground-breaking idea but our take on this eternally elegant trend is. So, we’ve created a reclaimed wood bed using our expertise, flair for design, commitment to quality and joyful aesthetics.

    Barn siding bedroom furniture is one of those things that just exudes charm, not least because it has a genuine domestic history running through it. We choose our salvaged wood according to different standards than most of our competitors. If it doesn't fit our criteria, we don't use it.

    Proven age. We won’t create any barn wood furniture with anything less than genuine, reclaimed timber. We source from unused Midwest barns with at least 100-150 years of heritage.

    Amazing colors. No two pieces of reclaimed timber are the same. We love the variation in organic hues that can be discovered. This is just one of the many ways that we can guarantee you a true one-off item.

    Beautiful characteristics. All of those nail marks and rough-sawn scars make for timber that speaks. New wood, though gorgeous in its own right, has so much less character. At least until you add some to it. We enjoy showcasing the more unusual and eye-catching pieces that hold many stories and secrets that only come from reclaimed barn wood.

    Reclaimed Barn Wood Furniture To Settle Your Mind

    With these criteria in mind, you can see why our Vintage Americana Barn Wood Bed is such a smash hit. We’ve used expertly sourced barn wood to create vintage style furniture with a difference. This is a hybrid design that uses newer timber for those all-important supportive side rails (for your safety and peace of mind), which has been stained to closely match the genuine reclaimed wood perfectly. This gives you a seamless look and bragging rights that you have invested in salvaged barn furniture. Essentially, you will be saving a piece of Midwest heritage from the scrap pile. If that doesn’t make you sleep easy, nothing will!

    How did we choose our stain colors? Simply by letting America inspire us. We are fortunate enough to have incredible heritage wherever you turn. These hues spoke of promise, pride and pizzazz. You read that right, we said pizzazz, because what cabin, ranch or lodge couldn’t use a little bright color to add some beautiful contrast? But don’t worry, we’ve kept the artistic touches to an understated level, allowing the real star of the show, the timber, to shine through.

    Shipped for free within any of the contiguous 48 states, we present your new Vintage Americana multicolored barn wood bed to you with a lifetime warranty. Consider it a gift from us, to you, to say thank you for having as much faith in our designs and master craftspeople as we do. Love it, use it and gift it to future generations as a family heirloom and this bed will become a piece of American history in its own right too.

  • Something Old, Something New

    Modern Wood Dining Chair

    Trying to design modern dining room furniture isn’t as simple as it might seem and we’ve realized that some of our best ideas are a happy meeting of retro inspiration with chic, contemporary lines, as opposed to simply being on-trend. We think you’ll see the slightly vintage vibe in our Modern Wood Dining Chair offering here, while also appreciating the curves that make these pieces so ergonomic.

    Not many companies can say that they offer genuinely beautiful seats that double as lumbar support dining chairs, but we can! What’s more, we’ve managed to create a hybrid design that takes the best elements from numerous style genres to create a modern-meets-retro-meets rustic dining chair that would be perfectly at home in any setting.

    Let’s take a look at the ergonomics first, shall we? By purposefully looking to draw up a curved back dining chair, we thought more about how to add as much user comfort as possible, which is why a contoured seat was also included. If a hard wood seat isn’t your favorite, how about swapping it out for a version that’s topped with a high-density foam-filled seat pad and finished in deliciously smooth, buttery leather? The seat amplifies the overall user enjoyment exponentially. Now that we know this is a seat that is a treat for your back, whichever style you choose, let’s look at the aesthetic touches that make a statement.

    Taking a solid wood dining chair and turning it into something genuinely interesting and even, dare we say, artistic, might sound like an easy enough task, but when it comes to marrying different timber hues perfectly and making frames flow, it takes special talent. Our creatives worked hard on this design, adding gently flared legs, contrast strips and optional tapered arms that all come together to make not only a stylish and elegant silhouette but one that actively beckons you to take a seat. You WANT to take a moment on these chairs, because they exude a friendliness that can only come from rich wood that has been made perfectly tactile and smooth.

    If you’re wondering how we could possibly make these chairs more desirable, hang on to your existing seat, because they are actually black walnut dining chairs. We love this wood and have made many pieces from it, because it balances an expensive aesthetic with timeless elegance, and it is a joy to work with. Ready to stand the test of time, both in terms of heavy use and changing interior design trends, we are confident that these chairs will be one of the best investments that you ever make.

    Shipped for free, when four or more chairs are ordered together, you can choose to finance your new dining furniture, with a transparent and catch-free monthly installment plan through Bread, our trusted financing partner.

    Be sure to take a look at our black walnut dining tables, as you might find that with free shipping, our reductions and an account with Bread, you could totally overhaul your dining space!

  • Fit for a King

    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?

    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, but 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, with the perfect back angle and tapered legs that could both go unnoticed but 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 (which you’ll want to do here, as the wood frames will have barely aged a day!).

    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 and we have made it as easy as possible to get a full set, for the best price.

    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, not only will your chairs 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

    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!

    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!

    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, but of 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 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

    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!

    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, with 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.

    We use reclaimed black walnut, meaning that we source from naturally fallen trees, which are then cut, kiln dried and nurtured. From here, our artisans use the wood to create a large live edge top, finishing 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, meaning 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, but 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

    Top Tips for Doing Rustic Modern Home Decor Right

    By: Danielle Hegedus

    “Rustic Modern” may sound like an oxymoron, but 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, creating a unique, one-of-a-kind look that is also environmentally sustainable. Creating a rustic modern look may be a delicate balance, but 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 DecorIncorporate Reclaimed Wood and Recycled Materials Into Your 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, but 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 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, 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 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 FeelThough rustic decor tends to favor wood, it’s important to introduce some other natural elements that provide contrasting texture 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 by Woodland Creek

    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.

    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 off she goes 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. 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.

    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 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.

    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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