What about objects purposefully handbuilt with skill and care? 

a Charles Rohlfs cloverleaf chair
a Charles Rohlfs cloverleaf chair

receives an historic hand shellac finish

Arts and Crafts hand carved box
Arts and Crafts hand carved box

before finish is applied

reproducing a Limbert table
reproducing a Limbert table

from an antique in the shop

a Gustav Stickley barstool
a Gustav Stickley barstool

with a handwoven rush seat

premium quality wood
premium quality wood

being sorted for projects

a Gustav Stickley table
a Gustav Stickley table

with highly patterned quarter sawn white oak makes a beautiful tabletop

a Charles Limbert 804 console
a Charles Limbert 804 console

careful application of finish inside and out

A Charles Rohlfs custom step stool
A Charles Rohlfs custom step stool

with hand carved side panels

a set of Gustav Stickley chairs
a set of Gustav Stickley chairs

awaiting finish

a Charles Limbert 676 rocker
a Charles Limbert 676 rocker

with hemp upholstery and a hand embroidered pillow

hand wrought hardware
hand wrought hardware

on a custom Arts and Crafts cabinet

a handcrafted custom bed with
a handcrafted custom bed with

a well executed bedpost

hand embroidered pillows
hand embroidered pillows
Gustav Stickley Foxglove table
Gustav Stickley Foxglove table

detail showing the hand carved top

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HISTORIC REPRODUCTIONS

Equal parts master workmanship, experience, passion for history and scavenger hunting built our library, growing and over 500 forms. Our reproductions are measured from originals in private collections and museums.

Full size templates for each part and meticulous notes on construction and finish equip us to do the proper job. We don't alter the forms to make them easier to build. Hardware is exactly reproduced by our colleagues in metalsmithing.

When a modern material (like glue) is available that exceeds the longevity of the historic, we employ it without compromising the integrity of the original design. 

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Enjoyed finding your site -- really have mastered Gus' coloring -- congrats!

-Bruce Johnson, Director of the National Arts and Crafts Conference at Grove Park Inn and author of The Pegged Joint and other titles

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FINISHING

The PH Finish is a one person affair, beginning to end, using historic methods and materials that demand a master level of skill. We say NO to assembly line work by people who lose inspiration because they never see the completed result of their contribution to the project.

To ensure the final result is outstanding, we begin with attentive sanding, a crucial step. Raw materials and pigments are custom blended using our own recipes and applied with care in light capturing, durable layers. The natural feel of furniture built and finished by hand to a mellow patina feels nothing like machine produced, sprayed furniture from a factory.

Our furniture is often mistaken for antiques. The same time tested methods and materials and the expertise of master craftsmanship we use remain integral to create items of lasting beauty and utility. Our finishes have been called the finest in the reproduction market and closest to the original antiques. The good news is none of this back story is as important as you loving what we make for you!

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Modern trouble lies not with the use of machinery but with the abuse of it.

-Gustav Stickley, 1906

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FINE CARPENTRY

The right ingredients are a good start but what unfolds next is a chance for true artistry.  

We select superior lumber and even set aside extraordinary boards for special projects yet to come. Placement of particular boards within a design requires time and an eye for pleasant combinations of wood grain and direction. (This sometimes produces a significant amount of "waste" per project but these cuttings are repurposed later.)

Years of firsthand knowledge of the organic irregularity and uniqueness of the material equips us to build with confidence. It's not about getting it done, it's about practices in the studio that are true and right. We're efficient throughout the process to have time for making creative choices. Mortise and tenon joinery, pinned joints, handcut dovetails, and master level expertise position us as players not posers.

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The precious part of a product is that put into it by the craftsman.

-Charles Rohlfs, 1900

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TEXTILES, PRINTS, AND OTHER HANDWORK

Each of these disciplines is intentionally completed by hand from existing designs or to your specifications. Please be in touch to discuss your unique idea!