The Art of Furniture

Charleston Forge has a long history of hand-building beautiful, high quality, steel, wood, and leather furniture. We have an extensive catalog of products and do a large amount of custom work and have built product for retailers such as Room & Board, Restoration Hardware, Crate & Barrel and Bloomingdales, Starbucks, just to name a few.

Behind the Scenes at Charleston Forge

Philip Holman - Monday, March 07, 2011
We've found that people who visit Charleston Forge love it when we take them around our workshop and show them how our furniture is made. From forging the steel frame parts, to welding, to cleaning up, to painting the finished pieces -- it's a fascinating process. Visitors get to watch skilled artisans use very basic elements -- steel and fire -- to make great furniture.

So we are inviting you to come visit us here in the beautiful High Country and see for yourself what goes into making Charleston Forge furniture. Tours are Tuesdays between 9 a.m.and 3 p.m. and you must call ahead to make a reservation. Below left is an image of our powder coating system in operation, below right is one of our welders at work on a baker's rack. For more images from our workshop floor check out our Workshop page on the website
. If you're interested in scheduling a tour give us a call at 828.264.0100. We look forward to seeing you.


Look, Listen, Smell, Feel, Understand...

Philip Holman - Saturday, February 26, 2011
On Friday I drove to High Point, North Carolina, the location of one of the world's largest and longest running furniture exhibitions, to meet with some very talented women. They are helping us set up our showroom for the April furniture market there. Our mission is very simple, make our customers say "Wow"! Riding with me was one of five MBA students from Appalachian State University who are helping us with various projects at Charleston Forge. I knew she would love this day.

I'm a very visual person so they took me to Anthropologie, a very hip women's clothing, accessories and home decor store in Greensboro. They said, "Look, Listen, Smell, Feel, Understand...  DO IT!!

I saw fresh colors, unique layout, and great presentation. I heard good music, energetic music, power but not pounding. I could smell the fresh flowers, and the candles burning, not sweet, just right. I felt the texture of the clothes, the reclaimed wood and the barely finished metal components of floor mirrors and display racks and the yarn that some creative genius arranged to form a display that just made me think, "how simple, how cool"! The result? Smiling customers, happy sales people, busy sales people, and a busy cash register.

On many levels I saw similarities between what we do here at Charleston Forge and the great things going on at Anthropologie - but I learned a great deal too.
Thank you ladies. It was a great day. I get it! LET"S DO IT!

- Art Barber, Chairman/CEO

American Made

Philip Holman - Thursday, February 24, 2011
My wife and I were watching ABC news with Diane Sawyer one evening several weeks ago when at the end of her show, Ms. Sawyer announced that ABC would be buying a house and totally furnishing it with American made furniture.  As Americans, determined to keep making furniture in America, Susan and I instantly looked at each other and breathed a sigh of relief and excitement. Finally,  a big news agency is going to give those of us who have fought so hard to keep making furniture on American soil some national recognition. What a boost that could be!  And then, the thought, "what if our company and the area where we live got some of that exposure!!"   Probably not going to happen. We're a small company tucked back here in the hills just doing our thing, and what are the chances they would know about us.

Three weeks later, sitting in my office, the phone rings. "This is ABC NEWS in New York and we're initiating a project that will feature furniture that is made in America". I immediately hit the mute button on my phone and screamed for Susan to come to my office right away. She heard, as my witness that it was one of Diane Sawyer's contributing reporters and we got interviewed right then and there. After the call, the reporter sent us her contact information by email and then we checked her out on the web.  Can you imagine the sight of two grandparents running and screaming through the office telling our staff of what had just happened!  We called our parents, our friends, our vendors and our banker.  Wow-can this be real?!!

The next day there are emails flying all through our industry about the ABC News project encouraging everyone making furniture in America to contact ABC to get in on the project.  What a compliment!! They had already contacted us.   Whether we are lucky enough to land on national tv or not, this will bring exposure to the furniture industry and especially to those of us who have fought so hard not to send our jobs overseas.  Thank you Diane Sawyer and ABC and congratulations to all of you American manufacturers--no matter what you make!!

You can link to the ABC News clip here: ABC News: A Call to Buy Goods Made in America

- Art Barber, Chairman/CEO

Charleston Forge Launches New Website

Philip Holman - Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We're excited to be launching our new website and re-introducing ourselves to our many long-standing friends, clients and customers. We've been building great furniture for many years and are continuing to spread the word about it.

"Made in America" is not just a phrase at Charleston Forge, it's our passion.

It's the result of a desire to create beautiful products in a wonderful country and to come to work every day feeling good about what you make and where you make it. Our furniture speaks to that. We have no assembly line, no fast-paced production.
For more than a quarter of a century, our artisans have combined age-old blacksmithing and woodworking skills with the finest quality materials to create products that are made to be used and enjoyed. There is no machine made that can match the sense of pride and hand that shows in every piece.
Solid steel, solid wood, durable leathers, designer fabrics, a multitude of  finishes and a desire to serve make us a good choice for your next project.

Think of us when you need classic and casual, and you want American made.

  - Art Barber, Chairman/CEO

251 Industrial Park Drive, Boone NC 28607 USA

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