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.
even when elsewhere might be easier and cheaper." - SL 2014
Charleston Forge wants to shout out 'kudos!' to Southern Living Magazine for their recent article on interior design, hand-made in the south.
"[Southern Artisans] are energizing the world of interiors with bright colors, unique materials and fresh ideas. Here we've chosen to spotlight both the old and new- school companies and individuals who are churning out inspiring, made -in-the-south goods...even when elsewhere might be easier and cheaper. Because, let's be honest: BUYING LOCAL is often more expensive, just as you'd expect to pay more for a handcrafted beer than a regular old Budweiser, the same is true here. You're investing in the quality of the fabrics, construction, materials and design. Pieces are built one at a time, often by hand. They are crafted by true artisans, woodworkers, painters, and metalsmiths who are too quickly being replaced by machines and assembly lines in other parts of the world. This level of craftsmanship is the antithesis of our so called disposable society...creating heirlooms for future generations of this wonderful place we call home." - SL 2014
Every day we get to see our customers' creativity making its way through our shop. Whether it's color, shape, size, a combination of new elements, or something else, we enjoy learning from your input.
Creating out of the ordinary furniture has helped us achieve the status of being a multi-recipient of the furniture industry's prestigious Pinnacle Award, the highest honor given by the American Society of Furniture Designers.
"Historic Market Square is a former furniture factory that has been transformed into unique upscale showrooms. The building features five floors with an incredible backdrop of original hardwood floors, exposed brick, massive wood columns and other original features of this re-purposed factory complex. Market Square is North Carolina’s largest adaptive-use building listed on the National Register of Historic Places." (copy from http://www.imchighpointmarket.com)
Charleston Forge has a beautifully designed showroom located in the heart of Historic Market Square. Walking though the halls of the building feels like walking back in time and architecturally there is so much to take in. We love being located in this building, it is where we began and it is where our roots are. With our introduction pieces already on display in High Point, we took our photographers, along with Art and Susan Barber to do all the grunt work, and spent several days photographing for the new catalog. The finished images will be released soon enough, but in the meantime, enjoy these behind the scene candid shots. You can tell we had so much fun! We love what we do and sharing it with you!
Philip Holman, photographer and marketing director for Charleston Forge, checking lighting and exposure. A lot of work goes into each detail of each shot.
Susan and Mindy kick off their shoes and get to work...who are we kidding, this didn't feel like work.
Art sneaks into our shot, notice the mischievous grin.
Our designers set up the shot for this Baker's Rack, double checking each detail.
Um...Art...I think you missed a spot.
Shooting from a different perspective.
Still smiling at the end of a long day.
Over the last few months, the Rooster's Team, designer Holly Carter, and Charleston Forge, have worked together from concept to install to create metal forged lighting systems (a new, yet very successful venture), and a quite impressively sized wine rack for the restaurants impressive wine selection.
Rooster's, the brainchild of Chef Jim Nobel (of Nobel's Restaurant in High Point, NC) and team, provides upscale mouth watering, reasonably priced fair, in a beautiful atmosphere for the Charlotte area. Imagine walking off the streets of the bustling large city of Charlotte, most often thought of as the banking capital of the southeast, into a warmly lit restaurant filled with wooden tables, hand-forged metals, and beautiful design; all created and welded by the hands of locals with a distinctly upscale southern appeal.
(above: Ernie beginning the welding process on the lighting for Rooster's Uptown location.)
(from left: "Hands on" CEO Art Barber grinding to a smooth finish; Sending the metal through to ensure impurities are removed from the surface; Putting on the final touches at the paint booth.)
(from left: The outside of Rooster's Uptown location; Metalwork from inside the restaurant.)
"The client was thrilled with everything she received. You are still the best!"
Interior Designer, San Antonio, TX
"Top notch company,with top notch customer service (which is scarce these days) and quality products hand crafted to last. Couldn't have been a more pleasant shopping experience!"Susan from Charlotte, N.C.
"We are very impressed with how your company handled our situation. It restores some of the faith we have in American business when we run into companies like yours that actually care…we hope your line is supported by the designers here in Wichita so that we can have long and profitable relationship."
Interior Designer, Wichita, KS
"My recent dealings with your Customer Service department have made such an impression on me that I will certainly be considering Charleston Forge for more of my clients in the future.
Interior Designer, Danvers, MA
"Just wanted to let you know that the "Custom Wine Rack- Console" is just SPECTACULAR!!!. My vision was brought to life and since it was for my house, my husband and I could not have been more pleased. Everything from the quality of workmanship, and even how it was packed, shows the quality of the company. I use my home as my showroom and will look forward to designing many more pieces with you. It was filled with wine 5 minutes after it arrived!"
"I had occasion to call Charleston Forge. The man who answered the phone said he wasn't usually the person who took the orders, but it was after hours and the regular staff was gone for the day, he assured me he could take care of my request. We had a delightful conversation about Charleston Forge products and even a little about the Green Bay Packers. When I got an order confirmation email from Mr. Barber, I was astounded to know I had been talking to the CEO! I love buying quality American-made products, especially from a company as reputable as Charleston Forge. And it doesn't hurt that their CEO is also willing to take time to talk to a customer who only needed $10 worth of chair glides!."
CF Home absolutely loves this treasure that we found for our online store.
This hand-crafted cake tester is a fun and functional widget to have hanging in your kitchen. It takes the guesswork out of baking your favorite cakes, bread and muffins. Instead of using an often too short toothpick, simply break off one of the pieces of broom corn and insert it into the center of your confection to test its readiness. If it comes out clean you know it is finished baking and ready to savor. A unique gift for anyone who enjoys a well equipped kitchen. The Cake Tester is crafted by the same artist who makes the other handmade brooms which we proudly offer on CF Home. We love the story of broom maker, Marlow Gates and his family. Read his story and order a cake tester for yourself or holiday gifts by clicking below:
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Jo Ann Hallmark of Hallmark cakes is a premiere wedding and celebration cake designer. In our continued quest to promote and support local businesses, we want to introduce her to you if you haven't already had the guilty pleasure of one of her cakes. We contacted her to ask her to share with us some useful tips for better cake baking. Scroll past these delicious cake images to find what she has to share.
1. Often you can find a tool from another hobby to help in baking, I use a sewing gauge to level cakes.
2. Once you take a cake out of the oven and let it cool in the pan, stick it (still in the pan) in the freezer. Once it's frozen, put the pan on a hot burner for a few seconds to warm the pan so the cake comes out easily. A frozen cake is much easier to level and frost, by the time your finished it will be thawed.
3. Weighing ingredients on a digital scale is more accurate than using measuring cups.
4. Sometimes when a recipe calls for sifting ingredients together they really just want the dry ingredients mixed together. You'll combine them much more thoroughly by whisking them together.
5. If a yolk breaks and a drop spills into the whites when you are separating eggs, use a clean eggshell as a scoop to remove the yolk, it will be drawn to the eggshell.