Charleston Forge - Sunday, February 08, 2015
The elegance of handmade.
Handmade in North Carolina.
Shaping solid steel hotter than 1,400 degrees.
Three-quarter inch thick glass tops.
Hand-planed solid wood.
A beautiful combination of materials.
Perfect scale, perfect function...
Our Charleston Forge Drink tables create cozy intimate spaces in your favorite room. Cheers.
Charleston Forge - Sunday, January 25, 2015
The Charleston Forge Advantage - Quick Shipping
Made in USA, means shipped from USA.
In the shipping department, Wayne and Betty box up a Cooper 70" Console.
With Charleston Forge's personal service, you know what to expect. And with most of our pieces, you can expect your order to ship in four to six weeks from the date it is acknowledged.
In addition, we have 27 drink tables, with the option of 17 hand applied finishes, that can be produced and shipped from our plant within 4 days. We know this is important for both the retailer and the consumer.
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Charleston Forge - Sunday, January 18, 2015
Color and creativity energizes the factory when a custom design rolls through assembly with a mix of bright colors, fabrics or even animal skins and prints. It takes all tastes and every kind of decor to make this big world go 'round. Charleston Forge loves to fill these fun custom requests from our designers. And sometimes, our photographer is strolling through the factory and finds them completed, just as they are ready to be shipped.
Whatever colorful and wild idea you can think up, we can help make it a reality.
Charleston Forge - Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Charleston Forge - Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Happy New Year to our Charleston Forge family and customers!
We enjoyed our visits from Charley the Elf just before Christmas this past year. If you missed hearing about him, here are some of the funny photos we caught of Charley in the Charleston Forge factory and office.
Let's hope we see more of him next Christmas.
And we hope to see more of all of you in 2015! We will continue to provide to you our passion and what we do best...handcrafting beautiful quality furniture with the most personal customer service any Made in the USA company can offer.
Best wishes in the new year!
Charleston Forge - Thursday, December 11, 2014
Behind the scenes story:
One of a kind custom Davidson Table
Another gorgeous Charleston Forge custom table and another interesting "behind the scenes" story to share. This substantial table was ordered by an interior designer located in Idaho. The table, although based on our current Davidson design, was a challenging build. Our General Manager, Andrew Beekman explains that the challenge was in the precision of all the components to fit together exactly. Charleston Forge built the base, but the base had to fit perfectly with the wood frame...which then must fit perfectly around the Facet glass top. Both the wood frame and the glass top were ordered from the same full size template that we used for the metal base. The measurements of each component would need to be precise. This isn't anything we can't handle, we do this every day....and have for 30 years.
Meet Ernie, an artist of numerous talents and skills, who has worked with Charleston Forge for 27 years. This custom Davidson table is large and precise and will need Ernie's expertise and attention to detail. Ernie begins working on cutting and welding the table base and legs.
Our lead engineer and General Manager, Andy Beekman assists Ernie to check the frame (which is still warm from welding) against glass top and unpainted wood frame.
Ernie takes the frame back to his work station, as he notices some areas on the frame that need minor adjustments.
Next, Ernie adds the legs to the table top base.
Above: The completed and freshly painted Davidson table frame.
Ongoing quality control. (above) Plant Manager, David Kiker and engineer April Lyle check the wood base to the metal frame. At this point, the pieces must line up exactly in order to fit together.
(below) April and David ask Randy from shipping to lend his muscles to lift the glass top, which is extremely heavy and fragile.
The completed Custom Davidson Table prior to shipping.
Charleston Forge - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Legacy is one of our top selling designs, it is a stately design, complicated and elegant. It is a design in which we are proud to put our name. Bending cold hard steel into such delicate details is not an easy feat. But our employees make us proud everyday, as they create and forge the Legacy tables, chairs and benches that go out to retail stores and Charleston Forge customers all over the world. Here are some interesting facts you probably don't know about "Our Legacy".
- Legacy was designed by John Winer. John lives in Mountain City, Tennessee. He is a contributing designer and has worked for Charleston Forge for many years. Find out more about him in his biography blog, here.
- The legs of the Legacy are the thickest production part that we currently forge in our factory.
- The process of heating the legs so they are ready to forge takes at least as much energy as it takes an average car to drive 25 miles.
- They start out as 2" thick cold solid steel. They are heated and hammered to about a 1" taper. Our workers than reheat the legs and bend them into shape.
- Each steel wrap, like the ones you see Chad working with below, is 4 feet long. That is over 16 feet of steel to heat and wrap for each piece we make. Chad does a beautiful job. Enjoy these behind the scenes photos of Chad working on a table wrap.
Chad heats and hammers the steel to wrap the legs...
the process is slow, but the results are timeless.
The Legacy table before and after the final painting process.
April measures a custom order that was created based on the Legacy design. Many of our custom orders are adaptations of existing designs that are currently in our line.
Legacy 48" Round Dining Table.
Legacy Arm Chair
Legacy 46" Bench
Legacy Rectangular Dining Table
It's a wrap!
Charleston Forge - Thursday, October 30, 2014
Behind every piece of art there is an artist. Behind every artist there is a story. It is the story within the artist that gives them inspiration and unharnesses their imagination, allowing them to create things that astonish us and move us. We so love sharing our artists and their inspiration with you. We want you to know the whole story, so when someone asks, "where did you find that lovely piece”, you don't simply tell them where you bought it, you can add, “ And let me tell you the story behind it”…
At Charleston Forge we work with a lot of artists, beginning with design and creation of each piece. One of our designers, John Davis from Roanoke, Virginia, has a story about the concept behind the Monarch base. John was crossing an ancient arched stone bridge over a rushing stream in Sweden when he felt inspired to interpret the scene into a console for Charleston Forge. It was a grey day, cloudy and misting but the shape of that bridge piped rays of beauty into his imagination. Instantly he knew that the frame finish had to be done in our hand-rubbed antique silver, reflecting the character of that day. The path over the bridge was covered in fine small ebony colored stones, the likes of which he had never seen. So, he directed the solid maple top of the console to be a soft, alligator skin texture in our hand applied, ebony finish. Mission accomplished, a magnificent console, inspired by ancient shapes, interpreted into modern form.
This is the original Monarch Console as designed by John Davis.
And now more of the story...
Meet our Master craftsman, Ernie. Out in our factory, Ernie works hard with John's original drawings. He and his team then build each and every piece of the console by hand, carefully measuring each bend, cut and weld.
From John's original design, other stunning Monarch creations have emerged...
Meet our Monarch Bench...
Our newest desk introduction...
and a multitude of custom pieces requested by interior designers and everyday Charleston Forge customers, such as this one shown below.
To find out more about our Monarch designs, either what is currently in our line or a custom idea you may have, contact us at Charleston Forge here.
John Davis also designs the most unique and high quality, Silver Tear Campers, click here to see more.
Charleston Forge - Sunday, October 12, 2014
Charleston Forge - Tuesday, October 07, 2014