“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau has left us with many memorable quotes including this one that suggests we look a little more carefully at the things that surround us. Can you imagine “a walk in the woods” every time you sit down at the dining table or slip into bed? That is the experience we think you will feel with a solid wood dining table or bed from Gat Creek.
See the beauty of the grain of solid wood from Ash, Maple, Cherry, and Walnut. Feel its strength. Appreciate that while men and women may make beautiful furniture, only God can make a tree.
Gat Creek Furniture is located in Berkley Springs, West Virginia in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, a stone’s throw from Harper’s Ferry, and the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.
Furniture making may not be an exclusive American art, but it is one American craftsmen and women have perfected over the centuries since when pioneers fashioned rough-hewn tables and beds from native woods. Today, Appalachian hardwood is prized for its stability, tight and consistent grain, beauty — that woodworkers and homeowners value most. We believe owning a piece of the American forest is in keeping with the spirit of Henry David Thoreau, to “live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach…”
Craftsmanship is a fundamental part of furniture making. To quote Gat Caperton, president of Gat Creek, “Joinery is one of the things that make solid hardwood furniture incomparable. In the old days woodworkers were called joiners for their skill at joining wood together using miters and dovetails and other techniques that withstood wood’s natural expansion and contraction. Craft and workmanship produced joints that lasted decades, or even generations. Look at the joinery of antique hardwood furniture. It’s a thing of beauty.”