Frequently Asked Questions

Craftsmanship and Materials

Paul has chosen to build the pieces in the Kirtland Series using a hardwood species called Black Cherry. Good land stewardship is important, so Paul only buys wood from vendors that use sustainable timbering practices.

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The stain is called FC-N3030 “Kona” by FinishWorks. Stained wood samples are available upon request.

 

Sorry, but no. All of the pieces will follow Paul’s designs and his choices for wood and stain.

Each furniture piece is manufactured in Ohio using hardwood from the Great Lakes region. Here, the air holds more moisture than the desert climates found in parts of the western U.S.

When hardwood is moved into an area with a drier climate, the wood releases a tiny amount of moisture as it comes to equilibrium.  This causes each piece of wood to change its shape slightly. This is normal.

Paul’s experience as an Amish carpenter allows him to select and cut his boards with masterful skill. He uses techniques that have been passed down through generations of Amish and European ancestors. For example, he begins by cutting every board into 3″ wide sections. This lowers the risk of damage to the finished piece as it acclimates to its new climate.

We have made adjustments in the manufacturing process to minimize the impact of a drier climate on each piece. While you may notice some slight changes in the wood, we hope you will focus on the significance of the piece, rather than on things that are normal.

Ordering and Delivery

In this first edition, Paul is making just 250 of each piece.

You will get an ETA when you place your order, but the normal turn around is between 6-8 weeks. Keep in mind you are not ordering factory furniture. Quality built heirlooms take an immense amount of time and care.  We believe the quality end result is well worth the patience of waiting.

We have made arrangements with a local shipper here in Ohio to provide white-glove delivery and placement in your home anywhere in the continental USA. The price is usually close to $400. After you place an order, we will get a quote from the shipper which we will pass along to you. Each piece will be hand wrapped and securely packed by us in a custom crate to help ensure no damage in the delivery.

If you prefer to use your own shipper, we will work with them on the shipping arrangements. If you choose this option, we ask that you pay your local shipper directly.

Sales tax will be charged to customers in Ohio.

Yes! If you are close enough and have the right vehicle, then picking up your furniture is a great option. The shop is just off scenic State Route 62 in Knox County, Ohio. We’d love to visit with you and show you around the shop where your furniture was made.

We stand behind our product in every way.

  • Delivery – If your order is lost or damaged in transit, we will replace or repair it. You pay nothing.
  • Satisfaction – If you don’t like it when you get it, you may return it for a full refund, and we will pay for return shipping.
  • Service – If it breaks, we will fix it.
More History

PBS has an excellent series called “American Experience”, and their program about the Amish is very good. You can find it here on Youtube:
Part 1
Part 2