Real Honest Furniture


No magic here.  No scraping, aging, embellishing, or even stain.  Just a desire to showcase the inherent beauty of mother nature with minimal intervention.

Photo by famous civil rights photographer Charles Moore 

Photo by famous civil rights photographer Charles Moore 

What exactly does real mean? Many things. It can mean very ("I had a real good time!"), legally verifiable, physically existing, not imaginary, essential, sincere ("These are my real feelings), a kind of number, authentic, genuine, undisputed, traditional. And that's not a full list. But the real question is: what do we mean by real at RWF? What we mean by real is natural, without artifice. We wouldn't paint oranges to make them look like apples. If we wanted apples we would get apples. We do enhance, but we don't alter. It looks like walnut wood because it is.. The color of the wood comes from natural aging, nothing else.

The designs in the wood were already there, we just aged the wood and oiled it to bring out the natural chatoyancy, design and color. The natural edge to the slabs is not cut off. We don't use tricks; if the furniture looks heavy, it is. In our joinery, we don't hide the oversize screws we use, we showcase them. If we need to add a structure because of the weight of the components, we don't camouflage it, but leave it readily apparent. Michelangelo was famous for saying that he would look at a piece of marble and see the potential sculpture within and then sculpt what was already there. We feel the same way about the wood we use. Our task (and joy) is to let the true nature of each piece shine through, to expose and enhance its beauty for the enjoyment of all.