Expressions In Woodcraft Issue 1 2024

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Contents... 8 2024 Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market to be held in single location


16 Will lower interest rates spur housing purchases?

22 Spotlight on Featured Designs 48 What’s hot? Amish Country furniture builders perfectly positioned for 2024 trends

54 A look inside the Showcase House 58 Index of Advertisers


16 ON THE COVER: Are high headboards and low footboards trending? One look at the Zane Bedroom Collection from Farmside Wood might convince you that the answer is yes. Shown in the ever-versatile Brown Maple and “Shadow” stain, the bed in this collection also reminds one of a plank style. It’s all topped off with inset drawers and industrial hardware on the case goods for an impressive look.

—See page 61

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From The Publisher... “A furniture show in every issue.”

Volume 12 | Number One 2024

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Since our very earliest days, this magazine has reported on the hardwood furniture shows in Ohio’s Amish Country Furniture District. There have been a number of changes over the years, and this year is no different. (See page 8 for some exciting updates!) But recently, as we experienced one of those moments where you step back and take a look at what you’re doing, and how you’re doing it, we came to the realization that Expressions In Woodcraft is like a showcase itself. In fact, our last issue contained a very special “Preview Showcase” section — something we’re going to do every fall, by the way. So, we’ve changed the tagline of our publication and, as you can see on the front cover, we’re now refering to our magazine as having “A Furniture Show in Every Issue.” With almost 60 hardwood furniture manufacturers presenting their products in these pages, readers have the opportunity to see a huge variety of some of the highest-quality hardwood furniture in the USA. We’re excited about that, and feel it’s appropriate to update our cover with this tagline. We’ll be hard at work on our


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next issue when the Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market (OHFM) takes place April 2-3, but as you read our feature article and browse these pages you can get a good idea of some of the amazing products this region has to offer — now imagine seeing the products from 167 exhibitors, covering 500 10x10 booths. That’s exactly what you’ll find at the OHFM on April 2-3, and we invite you not only to read about the upcoming Market, but also to make plans to attend! STURDY Act followup The STURDY Act, which became law in September 2023 is arguably one of the most important things to happen in the industry in a long time. We’re keeping an eye on this, and provide an important update on page 44. We’re extremely fortunate to have Kimberly Amato serving as a source for this information. As we originally reported in our last issue, Amato was a leading force in getting the United States Congress to pass this legislation. We urge both furniture builders and retailers to stay abreast of this important issue. Here’s looking forward to Spring, and thanks for reading!

Show Time!

Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market Now in ONE Location By Jerry Klingerman

2024 Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market Dates: Tuesday, April 2, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. LOCATION: Mt. Hope Event Center: 8076 OH-241, Millersburg, OH 44654 Information/Registration: 8

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magine walking into IKEA world headquarters and asking to speak with the Design team, because you want to discuss an idea for a new product with them. Now in reality, not only would you never get past the security gates (nor would you know which one of their thousands of supplier factories to go to), but there's probably no way you could ever talk with the design team directly. Fast forward to Ohio’s Amish Country Furniture District and the 2024 Ohio Hardwood Furniture market. Not only can you see hundreds of examples of the latest designs, styles and colors in hardwood furniture, but you also can meet directly with the people who quite literally design and build it. You can meet, talk and share ideas with them. We don't know of any other type of industry where you can do this. Even at the vast majority of trade shows you would be very lucky to meet with someone other than a manufacturer’s rep, regardless

of the industry. In a nutshell, this type of direct access is what separates the Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market from virtually every other show of its kind. The big news for 2024 is, the whole process is getting easier and more convenient: For the first time in a handful of years, the show is being held in a single location. Yes, you read that right: The 2024 Ohio hardwood Furniture Market will be held entirely in one location: The Mt. Hope Event Center, in Mt. Hope Ohio (Homes County). The details and history of how the show came to be held in two location are less important than the fect that visitors will no longer have to travel to two different venues to see all of the exhibitors. To say that the furniture manufacturing community as a whole is excited about this development would be an understatement. Kendrick Mullet, executive director of the Hardwood Continued on page 10

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OHFM Show Continued from page 9 Furniture Guild (HFG) said, “We are excited to host the 2024 OHFM entirely in Mt. Hope! We will be utilizing two buildings at the Mt. Hope Event, featuring 167 exhibitors with over 500 10’x10’ booths!” If you’re doing the math, that means approx. 50,000 square feet of handcrafted furniture will be on display. So how did this come about? Mullet said, “In discussions with retail stores and our builders over the past year, it became evident to our board that hosting the OHFM all in one location was the optimal choice for everyone.” It’s not that show attendees didn’t visit Attendees have direct access to share ideas, feedback and more with both locations. Data gathered by the HFG more than 150 builders in Ohio’s Amish Country Furniture District. says they did. But, it wasn’t an ideal situation, either for attendees or exhibitors. who have to hire drivers, trucks, etc. to get to the The majority of the furniture manufacturing former Millersburg venue. community is located within a 10-mile radius of Mt. Another huge consideration was the new Hope, OH. Even though the Millersburg location “Showcase House.” At the 2023 OHFM, the Mt. wasn’t that far away, it makes a difference to people Continued on page 12


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OHFM Show Continued from page 10 Hope location featured the shell of an actual house that was built inside the Mt. Hope Event Center. Within the house, each room was furnished by buidler-exhibitors who competed for spots in the various roosms. (See related photos and information on page 54.) The Showcase House was a huge hit, and now all of the exhibitors can benefit from the excitement that was generated. Mullet agreed, saying “The Showcase House by Sherwin Williams was a highlight of our 2023 OHFM, and we are excited for this year as well!” He added that the Showcase House generated a great deal of enthusiasm among builders, too (and probably friendly competition) because, “We received 325 submissions showcasing our builders' newest and best designs. Our judges selected the best from each category, and we are thrilled to display them inside the Showcase House.” The competition was indded stiff, as from the 325 submissions, “The Showcase House will feature 29

award-winning items from 20 different builders.” In addition to that, the HFG has produced a Showcase House Guide Book “that clearly explains the judging and selection process, the design, wood and color choices, and all relevant builder information.” It’s probably safe to conclude that the Showcase House will continue to grow in popularity among builders who vie for winning entries, as well as attendees who look forward to seeing the exhibit every year. If you’ve never been to Ohio’s Amish Country Furniture District or attended the OHFM, there’s never been a better time, particularly with the advent of the STURDY Act. STURDY stands for “Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth.” The Legislation implemented safety standards for case goods and became effective for all new furniture manufactured after Sept. 1, 2023. By their very nature the small businesses located here are in a much better position to work directly Continued on page 52

The Edward Beachy family/Glenmont Furniture displayed some very design-forward entertainment stands at the 2023 Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market.


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Will they or won’t they? Experts ponder possibility of interest rate cuts P

redicting financial markets is not for the faint of heart, and can be rife with rumor and speculation. But at this writing, multiple financial and news outlets are reporting that not only is the Federal Reserve Bank done raising rates (which it signaled by leaving rates unchanged for a third consecutive round in late 2023) but also it is poised to cut rates in 2024 — maybe as early as the first quarter, but, many sources report, surely by the second quarter. Forbes Senior Contributor Billy Connerly writes that the Federal Reserve “will probably cut shortterm interest rates by a quarter of a percent at either their June or July 2024 meeting. Thereafter they will cut rates by a quarter percent two more times in 2024, continuing the process in 2025. Their final position will probably be about two percent on short-term interest rates.” This is good news for the housing market! As PRNewswire reports, 62 percent of would-be buyers state they are waiting for rates to come down. That’s down from 85 percent in April of 2023, but still a significant percentage of pent-up demand. For those buyers whose debt-to-income ratio or other markers have been just on the edge of being 16

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able to buy a home, a rate cut of .25 percent, .50 percent or more could mean all the difference between buying and renting. If the rate drops a full point or more, demand would be significant. Of course,as the housing market goes, so do a number of big-ticket purchase items — including and especially furniture. After a post-covid boom that saw a huge spike in existing home sales spurred in part by low rates, mortgage interest rates that hit a 30-year high of eight percent in 2023, and sent sales figures crashing. Existing home sale prices continued to rise in much of the US, but overall sales numbers dipped from a high of 6.5 million units in the 2021-2022 timeframe, to just under four million in 2023. During that same period, the average 30-year mortgage rate (which still accounts for 70 percent of all mortgages) more than doubled, from a low of 2.96 percent to as high as eight percent. Such a swing makes a huge difference for buyers, particularly first-time buyers. Again, predictions and rumors are just that, but it seems clear that, barring any major unforeseen circumstances, buyers will get at least a bit of a Continued on page 19

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Interest rates Continued from page 16 break this year. If that happens, there could be a real upswing in home sales. If so, look for prices of existing homes to continue to increase because, as we’ve reported in the past, the market is currently vastly underbuilt. That’s due to a reluctance of builders to flood the market with too many homes — as was the case during the Great Recession years. As Forbes recently wrote, “demand continues to outpage supply,” and “mortgage rates remain elevated and home prices are stubbornly high as historically low housing stock continues to put home ownership out of reach for many — most notably first-time buyers.” They concluded, “Pent-up demand and low inventory will generally bolster prices.”

Sources: Forbes and The Visual Capitalist (graphic)

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Evoke memories from a day gone by, or make new ones, with the classic new rope swing from Siesta Outdoors. It’s built with the same attention to quality — and comfort — as the rest of their product lineup. — See ad on page 49

Quality Fabrications has just introduced Sectional Sofas for its new Fusion and Biltmore collections! These incredibly sturdy, stylish and comfortable models are customizable to your customers’ needs.

^^^With a thoroughly modern look designed to attract today’s style­conscious customers, the Maywood Console from Maple Hill Woodworking features lots of enclosed storage, a space for your widescreen TV and components as well as an attractive electric fireplace with real heat! — See ad on page 28

The HR 2.4 high­density foam used in the seats is warranted for life, and the trendy styling is just right for today’s customers. Sure to be a hit on your floor! — See ad on page 63

<<< The first things that grab your attention on the Cavello set from Troy Lane Woodcraft is the angled wide plank construction of the headboard, and then the rough­sawn look of the footboard. The entire collection features this styling, as shown on the matching three­drawer nightstand. Burnished edges on all the tops add to the time­worn look. — See ad on page 46


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>>>Having friends or family for dinner? The new Anover Group from Farmstead Acres Wood is sure to be a conversa­ tion starter! The curved “square tulip” base gives this set all the style you need, and in a compact space, too. Perfect for cus­ tomers who want lots of style in a smaller footprint. — See ad on page 2


If your office space is due for a stylish new upgrade, con­ sider the Denali desk from Y&T Wood­ craft. Shown here in Quarter­Sawn White Oak and OCS­113 with exciting in­ dustrial­style hardware, this model has a small footprint at 48”W x 24”D. The Denali is available with or without the two drawers and cubby space on the right side. — See ad on page 17

The Coastal Chair from Hidden Hollow Wood and Upholstery is a comfortable, modern and stylish design. The cushioned seat offers maximum comfort, while the angled legs make for an eye­catching design. — See ad on page 36

<<< The 30­inch Bar Stool from Ridgeview Woodcraft is available with fabric, leather or reclaimed seating options, and is also available with or without a back, rough­sawn base and custom heights. New! Be sure to ask about our new heavy­duty swivel mechanisms and fasteners (shown below) that are featured across our entire product line. — See ad on page 20

“Timeless” is how to describe the The Windsor Writing Arm Chair from Quality Wood Products. This elegant piece features an elongated back, wraparound arms that repeat the style of the legs and so much more. A truly classic look. — See ad on page 50 2024 Issue 1 | Expressions in Woodcraft



<<< With a strong hint of Mid­Cen­ tury Modern styling, the #2030 sec­ retary unit from Timberside Woodworking is a real attention­ getter. The entire structure sits on an attractive base with angled legs, and the cabinet doors have a unique oblong shape. The drawers and lid have no hardware, adding to the clean, minimalist look. — See ad on page 14

>>>The “Magabout” is a best seller for Superior Woodcrafts, and it’s easy to see why! It’s a feature­ packed piece that puts numerous conveniences at your fingertips. The M010949RW features a 180­ degree swivel base, two electrical outlets PLUS two USB inputs, a two­tiered magazine rack and more! One option features a tilt­out trash can and tissue holder; another includes three drawers and a pull­ out drink holder/shelf. Exciting new feature­packed models coming soon! — See ad on page 53

^^^The Glacier Collection from Red Barn Woodworking features inset drawers on the case goods, a wash­ board­style headboard, low footboard and sturdy legs throughout. It’s a clean, stylish look that’s popular across demographics. Shown in Red Oak and FC 57865 Grey Flannel stain. — See ad on page 13 26

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<<< With style to spare, the Wil­ son SP table from Hermie’s Table Shop benefits from a styl­ ish two­tone finish, a multi­ tiered base and nicely turned pedestal. An excellent example of a stylish piece that’s perfect for smaller spaces. — See ad on page 32

>>> The #158 Sewing Cabinet is a best seller for Flat Ridge Furni­ ture, and a hit with sewing enthusiasts everywhere. With a serger lift and plenty of storage space from ac­ cessories, it conve­ niently closes for storage. This is a very functional piece of fur­ niture and is available in a variety of wood species and stains. — See ad on page 13

Matching opposing wide, curved slats are the hallmark feature of the gate­ way Chair by Horseshoe Bend Chair. The rear legs have a typical flair, but the front legs start off with a square look, then tapered, and finally flaring out at the end. Add in a scooped seat for comfort, and you have a winning combination! — See ad on page 33

>>The most popular spot in your living room is likely to be the #2019 Ladderback Glider chair from Gliders By Miller. Shown here in the al­ ways­popular Quarter­Sawn White Oak, this model combines comfort and a timeless de­ sign. — See ad on page 60

<<<Looking for a hot seller to put on your showroom floor? Consider the Galvas­ ton G2 Pub set from Finish­ ing Designs. The two­tone finish, flared legs on the chairs and attractive base are stylish and eye­catch­ ing, and this set fits in almost any decor. This is one of seven sets available in the Quick Ship program. — See ad on page 41 2024 Issue 1 | Expressions in Woodcraft



^^^ At Gable Valley Wrought Iron At we often get asked to customize designs to fit a uniquely shaped piece of wood, so we thought, “What if we had a standard design that fits anything?” Hence was born individual leg bases in the motif of our popular side/cof­ fee table designs! Order as many as you need, in a standard finish, any height from 24" down to however short you want to go! Look for other sized­to­order pieces in our catalog and website. — See ad on page 45


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<<< When you’re ready to make a bold statement with your entertainment furniture, consider the The three­piece #900 Cooper Wall Unit from Blu Furni­ ture. At 125.5 inches wide, 16 inches deep and 75.75 inches high, it’s a large set that’s sure to com­ mand attention. The sliding doors conveniently hide the TV when not in use. It’s shown here in Rustic Hickory, with a Brown Maple base. The collection also includes occasional tables, TV consoles and bookcases, so you can carry this beautiful look throughout your living room. — See ad on page 20

<<<Rustic Barrel Design continues to introduce exciting new designs crafted from repurposed barrels. Shown here is the three­barrel bar table, in Natural Burnt Hickory. It features a curved metal foot rest that mimics the curves of both the top and the base in the front, and lots of storage on the bar­ tender side, including two flip­down lids in the opposing storage areas. — See ad on page 15 >>>The Milltown MT 1112 from Dutch Valley Woodcraft combines popular rustic features with a dash of style and elegance. The saw­ marks, burnished/distressed edges on the top and wrought­style hardware rails present a time­ less, well­worn look — while keeping compo­ nents, etc. hidden. The exposed center shelves allow you to display keepsakes and decorative items. Shown in Rustic Brown Maple S­1176 R66 Long Oak stain. — See ad on page 41

^^^For the traditionalists, consider aptly­named Williamsburg collection by Troyer Ridge Furniture. The decora­ tive pencil posts on the high bed creates an image of grandeur and days gone by. Add in the highly detailed case goods, featuring beveled edges on the drawers, and you’ve got a set that is sure to delight for many years to come. Shown in Rustic Cherry with OCS 113 stain and K­15 hardware. — See ad on page 21 Expressions in Woodcraft | 2024 Issue 1 30

^^^The #FS­ 1082 Shaker Hall Seat, shown here in Unmixed LO fin­ ish and distressed Brown Maple, is just one of a wide lineup of Extend­a­Benches, dinettes and hall seats made by Farmside Furniture Be sure to ask about custom options! — See ad on page 29

<<<What could be better than whiling away the hours in a classic rocking chair in a wood/stain combi­ nation that never goes out of style? The MR235 Mission Rocker from Buckeye Rocker is pictured here in Quarter­Sawn White Oak, and finished with OCS­113 Michael’s Cherry. The seat is done in L210 black leather. The resulting combination is heirloom­quality comfort with durable construction. — See ad on page 62

^^^Forget what you thought you knew about Murphy beds! The Kent Wall Bed unit from Fredericks­ burg Furniture is a stunning collection that, by day, resembles a high­end cabinet bookcase collection, and by night becomes a convenient, space­saving bed. Custom work is always welcome; put our 35 years of experience to work for you! Photos courtesy of Miller’s Dutch Haus Furniture. — See ad on page 37 2024 Issue 1 | Expressions in Woodcraft



^^^The exciting new 1035­515 Erd/Shaker Jewelry/Rifle Tower from Country Corner Woodworking is not only a full­featured jewelry cabinet but, give it a 180­degree spin, and it’s a spacious gun cabinet. Shown here in Barn Floor Brown Maple. Be sure to ask us about available options, and see our ad for a 5% off coupon! — See ad on page 50


^^^ Millwood Wholesale just added a versatile new sofa/loveseat to their popular lineup of hardwood/upholstered furniture. This unit now features a handy, functional center piece that folds down to create a center armrest, complete with cup holders. — See ad on page 47 <<<Established in 2022, Woodside Poly has outdoor Poly furni­ ture to fit any occasion, including the attractive, comfortable #66­B Outdoor Sofa. Like all of our models that have cushions, these are rated for outdoor use, and avail­ able in a wide variety of fabric options. Poly options in­ clude all the standard colors, bright colors and woodgrain design. — See ad on page 56

^^^The Ventura Writing Desk from Ashery Oak features inset drawers and, at 64"W x 26"D x 31"H it has a large surface for your laptop, monitor or whatever office/home office accessories you need. Shown here in Rustic Cherry with OCS­119 Cappuccino Stain to create a classic look. — See ad on page 59

<<<The combination of beautiful fabric insets with wood in the headboard and footboard creates a beautiful look on the Claire model from Brookside Wood Products. You can get a firsthand look at this exciting new model at the upcoming Ohio Hardwood Furniture market, as this bed has been selected to appear in the Showcase House! — See ad on page 40 34

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^^^Beautiful pieces like this, from Ebony Woodworking represent the ultimate in sustainably built furniture. With each live edge piece being 100 percent unique, and combined with exciting base options such as the wrought­style shown here,your customers can enjoy the raw beauty of nature right in their homes. — See ad on page 24


^^^The Sydney Harbor set is an eyecatching set to have on your show­ room floor, and a good seller for Countryside Tables. This set shown in a wormy maple/walnut combo with a clear finish is in our Quick Ship program. Also available in hickory/walnut combo and any solid wood species. — See ad on page 29

^^^Meadow Lane Wood Products presents the 4­Door Easton Server. This elegant model is shown with Ebony finish on the exte­ rior and Sandstone on the interior. A highlight of this piece is the large handles used for the hardware, which gives it a sleek, modern look. Also features LED touch lights and adjustable shelves. — See ad on page 28 ^^^Looking for a fun, modern and styl­ ish way to display your books and col­ lectibles? Consider one of the Ladder Shelf models from VW Woodcraft. Available with shelves only, or a base cabinet option, and multiple wood and stain options. Perfect for almost any space! — See ad on page 56 <<<A single, wide, curved and tapered slat in the back is the hallmark of the Jasper chair from Hickory Lane Wood­ working. Shown here in Brown Maple with Antique Slate finish, it’s an eye­ catching design that is available not only in side and arm chair models, but also in bar height. A traffic stopper in any showroom! — See ad on page 10 2024 Issue 1 | Expressions in Woodcraft



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>>>With its attractive metal base, and chairs with clean, spindle­style legs and slats, the Tulip Dining set from Deer Valley Woodworking draws heavily from the Mid­Century Modern period. The table is available in a variety of sizes, and is sure to be a hit with customers who appreciate the clean, simple lines of this popular style. — See ad on page 3

^^^If you’re looking for something dif­ ferent, look no further than the Ivy Bed by Farmside Wood. Shown here in King size with a gorgeous Brown Maple and OCS Frost finish, the angled headboard provides an attractive design, while the rounded legs and low footboard provide an excellent complement to the overall look. — See ad on page 61

^^^At Rainbow Bedding our newest mattress line, the Resilience, is designed specifically for adjustable bases. All models are double­sided, plus they all have latex padding. From the Resilience with pocket coil innerspring, to the premium Resilience Luxe with a Talay Latex core, you get a flexible, supportive mattress. — See ad on page 53 38

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^^^The Lexington Desk from A&L Furniture near Mt. Hope, OH shows that you don’t have to compromise style in a smaller desk. Wrought­style hardware and a natural finish on rustic walnut combine to create a pleasing, attractive look. — See ad on page 17

<<<Pioneer Woodwork­ ing presents a beautiful new option for dining, with the Post Mission Chair, paired here with a square­leg table. The chairs are constructed of Walnut in the legs and back, with Wormy Maple in the seat and slats. The table features a Wormy Maple top with Walnut base/legs. Stunning! — See ad on page 49

(Below) The Hudson model chair from Y&M Chair is no ordinary dining chair. It features a spring in the cushioned seat, and a lumbar support in the back. Combine that with the at­ tractive fabric, and lightly tapered legs, and it’s easy to see why this ultra­comfortable model is a best seller! — See ad on page 57

^^^Exciting lines and excellent comfort combine to make the Liberty Collection a best seller for Hillside Chair. The front legs of the chairs are reminiscent of the Queen Anne style, while the wavy slats in the backs are thoroughly modern! As shown here with an Elm top, the chair design offers numerous options for contrasting wood/stain combinations. — See ad on page 7 2024 Issue 1 | Expressions in Woodcraft 39


^^^New from Kidron tables! The Shannon trestle table is an attrac­ tive design that features oppos­ ing semi­circles supporting the top and then joined with a metal bar that spans the length of the base. Shown here in Rustic Quarter­Sawn White Oak, this model is an exciting new complement to their existing line of trestle models. — See ad on page 25


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^^^Bringing indoor style outdoors is this leg table from Amco Outdoor Lawn Furniture. Shown in an eye­catching two­tone combination, this poly table also features top­notch #316 stainless steel hardware — the best available. We have a wide variety of chair styles to go with this table, to create just the right look for you! — See ad on page 18

>>> He likes firm; she likes soft. Now you can show your customers a single mattress that satisfies them both — and saves space on your show­ room floor! The Kingston Mattress set from Country Bedding combines our Prestige (firm) model and the Princeton (soft) model! So, your clients can essentially try three of our mattresses in one set! — See ad on page 59

The Secrest chair from Wengerd Wood Products features a simple, mod­ ern design. And while it’s price conscious, the design does not sacrifice comfort. With both side and arm chairs, this model pairs well with al­ most any style table. — See ad on page 4

^^^Your customers are sure to love the Orchid Collection from Country Comfort. The table features angled legs that are almost like pencil post­style, which is con­ tinued in the front legs of the matching chair. The chairs feature thin, curved slats and a scooped seat. The styling on the entire set is clean, understated and time­ less. Shown in Rustic Hickory and OCS 119 stain. — See ad on page 45 42

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>>>Lighter finishes are trending this year, and Frog Pond Furniture is on top of it. The Taylor Bed, which is shown here in Brown Maple and Limed Oak stain, features rounded edges not only on the headboard, but the entire frame itself is rounded, too. Definitely a piece that will capture the attention of your design­forward cus­ tomers! — See ad on page 11

<<<The Silverton Dining Collection from Emerson Woodcraft is crafted en­ tirely of reclaimed barnwood. The solidtop plankstyle table is highlighted by large, sturdy legs and the chairs have large, curved slats and a comfortable scooped seat. — See ad on page 36

^^^The Glen Canyon Collection from Meadow Wood Furniture features an eye­catching combination of Barn Floor/Brown Maple. The traditional styling includes a high headboard, with the set also show­ casing a roomy nine­drawer dresser and mirror combo. An excellent choice for a cabin, vacation home or anywhere you want a rustic­style look. — See ad on page 37 2024 Issue 1 | Expressions in Woodcraft



<<<At Ashery Woodworking our popular Stu­ dent Desk proves that a practical piece of furniture can still be quite attractive! Shown here in a highly distressed style, it also fea­ tures modern hardware, and four inset drawers; one of which is a file drawer. Lots of features in a small footprint! — See ad on page 40

STURDY Act update: Consumer Product Safety Commission issues important recall There’s breaking news from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding furniture wall anchor kits: On Jan. 11, 2024 the CPSC issued a recall that affects millions of a specific brand of wall anchors. The kits were sold by Viet Nam-based New Age Industries. Beginning in 2019 they were supplied with furniture sold in the USA as part of a “plastic furniture tip restraint kit” intended to secure dressers to walls in order to prevent tipovers. They feature a zip tie system which, according to CPSC, can become brittle and break, thereby rendering them ineffective against furniture tipovers. Alliance4Safety partnered with the CPSC in announcing the recall, and on its website features a list of approximately three dozen manufacturers who sold furniture with the affected anchor kits. The list can be found at: Parents Against Tipovers (PAT), the organization that was instrumental in getting the STURDY Act passed, released a statement supporting the recall. “We applaud the CPSC and the manufacturers who have voluntarily agreed to this important and lifesaving recall. The purpose of furniture anchors is to prevent potentially serious injury or death to a child from a furniture tip-over.” In its statement PAT also reminds us that since 2000, nearly 500 people have died as a result of furniture tipovers, and “Tip-overs send someone to the ER about every 45 minutes (17 people a day!), and about every 2 weeks someone, usually a child, dies.” While most of the fatalities are children, nearly 44

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15 percent of the deaths involve people over the age of 60. PAT notes that the STURDY act, which went into affect Sept. 1, 2023, requires not only that furniture covered by the law meet certain standards, but also that those items be sold with a wall anchor kit. However, the group notes, “Unfortunately, there is no mandatory standard for the testing of furniture anchors,” meaning that substandard materials — such as the ones imported and used in the recalled devices — can find there way into consumers’ homes. In the joint statement, PAT Chairman Brett Horn and Vice Chair Kimberly Amato also said, “While PAT has always advocated for properly anchoring all furniture with drawers, doors, and shelves to the wall it has long been a concern of many parent and consumer advocates that there is currently no mandatory testing standard for furniture anchors.” They added, “This recall makes it clear that a standard is urgently needed. It is also a reminder that while properly anchoring your furniture to the wall is vital, what you use to anchor it matters.” PAT recommends that consumers use wall anchor systems with all metal components, and to avoid those with plastic parts (especially zip ties), “Because as this recall proves, plastic can become brittle and fail over time.” You can read more about this topic at CPSC’s “Anchor It” website: You can reach Alliance4Safety at: 855-416-7370 or email

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Amish Country Furniture on the right side of design trends

What’s HOT in 2024? As we look forward to the Ohio hardwood Furniture Market and its Showcase House, Expressions In Woodcraft decided to take a look at what the national design gurus are saying, and what we’re seeing locally. Probably the most encouraging news we saw comes from interior designer Brad Ramsey, who recently told the well-respected lifestyle/shelter magazine Southern Living magazine that custom work is gaining in popularity. He said, “impulse buying of immediately available furniture is out. Even retail furniture stores are trending toward custom selections over buying it off the floor today. Too many impulse purchases mean lots of cheap furniture being tossed and wasted because it doesn’t retain its value.” Of course, for a region that built its reputation on

the ease of choosing custom options — from small tweaks to “ground up” designs — that’s good news for furniture builders in Ohio’s Amish Country Furniture District. Ramsey added, “Investing in quality custom furniture (and even vintage pieces) over trendy furniture store-stocked pieces” is in. That’s a strong cue, especially for retailers who might traditionally have relied on selling in-stock items to walk-in traffic. For younger buyers who, as Ramsey notes, probably are tired of throwing out cheaper, trendy furniture, having custom options available is a huge positive. Whether it’s a case of national trends catching up to Amish-built furniture, or simply being in the right place at the right time, both Ramsey and designer Shelagh Conway, whose Austin, TX-based firm Triple Heart Design specializes in full-service design solutions, predict that darker woods and stains also will take hold nationally in 2024. According to Conway, “Darker wood is finding its way back into our homes,” and she mentioned that “rich walnut” is one of her favorite woods for furniture. Ramsey concurred, adding that “We’ll be drowning in brown in all the best ways in 2024. Think about coffee, cappuccino and lattes and how those warm colors hit the spot just like your afternoon Starbucks fix.” Whether we find this amusing or ironic, it’s more than fair to point

The Silverton Pub Set from Emerson Woodcraft is a prime example of combining darker colors with reclaimed/repurposed materials. 48

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What’s Hot Continued from page 48 out a couple things. First, Walnut itself began a long, sustained comeback in Amish-built furniture years ago — at least five years; maybe closer to 10. Of course, like the Mission and Mid-Century Modern styles, some things never go completely out of style, but it’s fair to say that the early 2000s saw Walnut fall out of favor. Today, Walnut and other darker woods and finishes are extremely popular, and show no signs of waning. Walnut finished in Natural is being featured as accent/trim-style features in a number of styles, particularly when paired with Wormy Maple. Admittedly, that combination is not as hot as it was, say five to seven years ago, but it’s still quite strong. Locally, a lot of the popularity of darker looks can be attributed to “The Rise of Brown Maple,” which opened up all kinds of style/design doors. Positioned (as I’ve often said) as “poor man’s Cherry,” Brown Maple and its rustic counterpart have dominated the market for a number of years now. Its smooth grain first stood side-by-side with Cherry and traditional dark finishes as a more price-conscious choice. But these days, Brown Maple not only continues to be shown frequently in darker finishes, but also is being used for a new trend we’re just starting to see: “coastal” or lighter, white-washed finishes. This falls right in line with what the aforementioned designers said, and designer Ginger Curtis agrees that

As seen at the 2023 Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market, Ohio builders are venturing into lighter finishes.

lighter “Earth tones” are resurging in popularity: “The grounding essence of earthy neutral tones that provide a versatile canvas will be in the foreground of 2024 furniture trends,” she says. Finally, according to the designers, sustainability remains a strong concern. First coming on the national radar in 2023 Curtis said, “Homeowners are taking an interest in where their furniture comes from before it finds a place in their home, and are loving eco-friendly materials,” and while Curtis mentioned bamboo (which is sourced overseas) we would remind retailers and consumers alike that US-produced hardwood furniture is made from a highly sustainable resource, and now, more than ever, woodlots are managed in such a way that they will be present for future generations not only to enjoy, but also to harvest on a predictable timetable. In addition, reclaimed wood has been hugely popular in this region for approx. 15 years now. All in all, it appears tat Amish-built furniture from Ohio is very well positioned to resonate with consumers on a number of levels. As you page through this publication, we know you’ll find numerous examples of furniture that has stood the test of time, and also items that are on the very cutting edge of style. —Jerry Klingerman <<<Brookside Furniture’s Clair Bedroom combines earth-tone fabrics with Brown Maple in a mediumdark finish. 2024 Issue 1 | Expressions in Woodcraft


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been in the forefront for several years now: Lead times. on their products to bring them into compliance It’s no secret that as Americans sheltered in place with this legislation. [Editor’s note: Some of our during the Covid-related lockdowns, and pondered advertisers have begun note in their ads that their what to do with the cash the government handed products are STURDY compliant.] out, furniture orders skyrocketed, causing Ohio’s builders have responded well — thanks in unprecedented demand, and previously unheard of large part to the fact that their size allows them to lead times. be very proactive. Thankfully, the vast majority of builders have now Rather than having to go through multiple levels filled all those orders, and lead times have largely of management, meetings, etc. like large national or returned to pre-Covid levels. Mullet added that the multi-national companies, the manufacturers in this challenge of managing that demand caused many area simply rolled up their sleves and worked builders to look at their processes, and said, “Our diligently to Ohio builders have implement diligently solutions to ensure implemented their products are processes to lower STURDY Act their lead times. compliant. The reduced lead Mullet, who led times significantly an important enhance the stores' informational ability to sell our sesion for builders furniture, late last year, said promising this legislation did consumers quicker not catch Ohio’s delivery times.” builders off guard When you — in fact, quite the consider the opposite is true: response to the “Ohio builders STURDY Act, have worked hard combined with this past year to Exhibitors at the Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market include a number of poly processes that educate outdoor furniture builders — they can definitely add a splash of color to your brought about store, and an excellent addition to your hardwood lines. themselves and shorter lead times, become compliant you realize there with the STURDY Act. Their efforts have attracted really has never been a better time to attend the new retailer buyers and brought stability to existing OHFM and buy high-quality Amish-built furniture. accounts, increasing buyers' confidence in Ohio’s Mullet concurred, adding, “This is a once-a-year furniture safety, quality and dependability.” opportunity to build relationships and meet the Retailers might still be getting used to working builders.” with STURDY-compliant products, but Mullet said The OHFM takes place April 2-3. 2024 in Mt. manufacturers in this area who build case goods Hope, OH. See details and a link for registration on “use different types of interlocking systems and/or page 8. counterweight measures. They are all effective and compliant.” Mullet encourages OHFM attendees to “to discuss their standards with our bedroom builders.” Finally, Mullet addressed another issue that has 52

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A look inside the Showcase House The 2023 Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market featured the first-ever “Showcase House by Sherwin Williams,” where furniture manufacturers who are members of the Hardwood Furniture Guild could compete to place their items in the sample structure. This year, the judges made their way through 325 entries, selecting 29 items from 20 builders to be placed in the 2024 exhibit. On these two pages are pictures of last year’s winning entries.


The kitchen is the heart of any home, and the Showcase House featured locally made cabinets as well as a dining table with legs that definitely represented a bold approach to design.

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(Above) Natural stain on the desk with contrasting gray colors for the file cabinet and bookcase were highlights of the office area. (Left) The Showcase House also featured outdoor poly furniture. A number of Ohio furniture manufacturers now specialize in this stylish, durable furniture.

(Above, left and right) Two very different approaches to bedroom furnishings; one traditional, one modern. (Below, left) Showing that literally every room of your home can be outfitted with Amish-built furniture, the Showcase House living room featured locally made upholstered chairs.

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