Builders of Fine Hardwood Furniture | Millersburg, OH
In 1992 Barkman Products built primarily wooden toys and household accessories, but soon moved into the manufacture of cabinet doors and contract furniture, such as retail fixtures. Additional production space was needed, and in 2008 Barkman Products owner and president Albert Barkman and his wife Fannie purchased a newer facility with space sufficient to allow for rapid growth and expansion of the product line.
This expansion allowed Barkman Products not only to dramatically grow the door and contract parts of the business, but also to introduce an extensive line of fine hardwood furniture for the home. Now, Barkman Furniture hosts an abundant selection of superior quality hardwood dining, office and bedroom furniture, as well as many unique occasional tables, accent pieces and accessories, all available to be custom-built in a variety of unique finishes and delivered rapidly to the customer.
It is the mission of Barkman Furniture to produce furniture of the highest quality, always built to the most exacting standards in the industry, and worthy of being handed down from one generation of your family to the next.
Only the finest selection of hardwood logs, harvested exclusively from sustainable forests, are used in the creation of Barkman hardwood furniture. In addition, select logs of white pine, red cedar, and aspen are used to create items included in the Rustic Living collections. Fresh from the sawmill, lumber will then be graded and sorted to select only the finest boards to be used to build Barkman hardwood furniture.
Boards are then carefully stacked and dried to assure proper seasoning before the manufacturing process begins. Once boards are adequately seasoned, they are moved to panel processing. During the production process, state-of-the-art woodworking machinery produces panel and frame components to incredibly close tolerances. Framing is the start of the process of actually building a piece of furniture; time-honored techniques for joinery, such as dovetailing, tongue-and-groove, box joints, and mortise-and-tenon, all have been used for centuries to construct furniture that stands the test of time, and also provides unique aesthetic appeal.
Once a piece of furniture is assembled, hand techniques are employed to make each piece of Barkman furniture a one-of-a-kind treasure. Hours of sanding, planing, and, in some cases distressing, insure that each piece of furniture bears the special signature of the craftsperson to whom it was assigned, and that it is ready for the application of one of dozens of custom finishes.
The process of applying custom finishes utilizes a combination of automated spray application and hand-sanding and wiping techniques. The result is always a finish that enhances the beauty of the species of wood selected, while at the same time providing protection and beauty that will only improve with the patina that time creates.
At the end of the Barkman journey is furniture of unsurpassed beauty and durability, as close to perfection as humanly possible, with each piece bearing the signature of the artisan ultimately responsible for its appearance and quality. Furniture is then carefully packaged and shipped to the retailer from whom you made your selection, and delivered and set up in your home, ready to provide years of enjoyment for you and your family.
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