It has been our pleasure to be part of the Charleston Forge family from their very early days when Art and Susan Barber first started manufacturing. Back then they made baker’s racks of every size and description. Then they added bar stools, counter stools, tables and chairs. From the very beginning one thing has never changed. Their products have always been made by hand, have always been made to the highest quality standards and have always been made in the mountains of North Carolina.
We have always had a very good relationship with the Barbers to the point that Art once told us that whenever he writes a letter to his dealers he always starts it Dear Mr. Bograd. It’s good to have that kind of relationship with your supplier.
Over the years, the company has evolved to the point that now a great deal of their production is custom. It is still made of the highest quality, but no longer are baker’s racks their main product. We feel very responsible for the direction they have taken, since back in 2006 we said to Art that he should scale up his product line and stop worrying about competing with Asian product. We were thrilled to discover at the fall market of 2006 that they had hired a series of top flight designers and metalworkers from around the country to design product for them and to teach their employees how to create more elegant work. Our involvement was recognized in an article in Furniture Today which is our industry’s leading trade publication.
Charleston Forge products are found today in fine homes, offices, restaurants, and all sorts of commercial buildings. Their website is filled with all sorts of interesting information about their history and how they make their furniture. We invite you to look at it.Visit Site