Fall colors spread through the forests of the High Country.
Susan and I started our business careers fresh out of college by opening a small retail fireplace shop in 1974 here in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
This picturesque community sits atop the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, so cool summer breezes and cold snowy winters have attracted new home builders for more than seventy-five years. It was the perfect setting for a fireplace shop.
We sold high-quality products and learned very early that there are people who truly recognize and appreciate the finer things in life. We offered delivery and installation service that the discount cash-and-carry stores couldn’t, or wouldn’t, do.
We learned to custom-build handmade wrought iron fire screens, wood baskets, log racks and pot racks out of the tools that our maker gave us iron, fire, wood and passion.
Very quickly we had a growing, thriving business on our hands.
Word of our unique offerings spread throughout this land of mountain people, people who take pride in their work and deserve to be called artisans. We surrounded ourselves with these people and they helped us create more products.
In 1982 we started making furniture using the same natural elements of iron and wood, but added accents of brass, copper and glass, and the word continued to spread.
Today, Susan and I, and our daughter, Jamie, who grew up in and now into our business, take great pride in the fact that our products, designed by, made by, sold by, and serviced by more than 40 wonderful High Country people are shipped around the country.
Our products are offered to you through a network of highly qualified furniture stores, interior designers and sales agents.
All of us at Charleston Forge truly appreciate your interest and we hope you will use our dealer locator page to contact our dealer nearest to you.
Our best to you,
Art & Susan Barber