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Creative Furniture


Creative furniture as unique as the trees from which it comes.

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Creative Furniture


Creative furniture as unique as the trees from which it comes.

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Award Winning Design


"All of our visitors will be able to see Robin's artistry & craftsmanship when they visit the Land and Voices galleries”   —  Steve Murray, Director Museum of Alabama

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Award Winning Design


"All of our visitors will be able to see Robin's artistry & craftsmanship when they visit the Land and Voices galleries”   —  Steve Murray, Director Museum of Alabama

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Handcrafted in "the Shoals" of North Alabama


"Natural edges and modern shapes let thick slabs of walnut, cherry, maple, and oak make bold statements.”   —  American Craft Council

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Handcrafted in "the Shoals" of North Alabama


"Natural edges and modern shapes let thick slabs of walnut, cherry, maple, and oak make bold statements.”   —  American Craft Council

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Made from local logs


Every piece of our custom furniture is made from local logs.  --  Pictured LogDog Sassafras Wade.

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Made from local logs


Every piece of our custom furniture is made from local logs.  --  Pictured LogDog Sassafras Wade.

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Sawmill capacity of 60" diameter logs.


"Wade salvages felled trees from a surrounding 60 mile radius, then seasons and kiln dries them for two to three years before even starting to make a piece of furniture."  ––  Robb Report

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Sawmill capacity of 60" diameter logs.


"Wade salvages felled trees from a surrounding 60 mile radius, then seasons and kiln dries them for two to three years before even starting to make a piece of furniture."  ––  Robb Report

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Environmental Focus


"Sustainability is just the beginning with Robin Wade's
lovingly 
made 'rustic modern' wood furnishings.”  ––  Houzz

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Environmental Focus


"Sustainability is just the beginning with Robin Wade's
lovingly 
made 'rustic modern' wood furnishings.”  ––  Houzz

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Local hardwoods - from within 60 miles of our studio.


"Seeing Robin’s studio and work will change the way you think about Alabama”. 
—  Ed Bridges, Director Emeritus, Alabama Department of Archives & History,   

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Local hardwoods - from within 60 miles of our studio.


"Seeing Robin’s studio and work will change the way you think about Alabama”. 
—  Ed Bridges, Director Emeritus, Alabama Department of Archives & History,   

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Function follows form


At the core of all of Robin's pieces is the belief that the wood itself serves as the organic inspiration for the piece he creates. Preserving the unique character of the source material has become the creative spark inspiring all of Robin's work. In a twist, function follows form.

 --  Steven Ainsley, Santa Barbara, Ca.  Retired New York Times/Boston Globe

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Function follows form


At the core of all of Robin's pieces is the belief that the wood itself serves as the organic inspiration for the piece he creates. Preserving the unique character of the source material has become the creative spark inspiring all of Robin's work. In a twist, function follows form.

 --  Steven Ainsley, Santa Barbara, Ca.  Retired New York Times/Boston Globe

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Respect for the Tree


"Master furniture maker Robin Wade knows just how to showcase the beauty of natural wood."
—  One Kings Lane  

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Respect for the Tree


"Master furniture maker Robin Wade knows just how to showcase the beauty of natural wood."
—  One Kings Lane  

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Inspiring collaborations with architects, designers & homeowners since 2007


Several of Robin's masterpieces are on display in the Ekorness/Stressless showrooms -- High Point & Las Vegas

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Inspiring collaborations with architects, designers & homeowners since 2007


Several of Robin's masterpieces are on display in the Ekorness/Stressless showrooms -- High Point & Las Vegas

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Ebb & Flo


"There’s always an ebb and flow of lines to make (Robin’s work) compelling"  --  South Bay Digs, Hermosa Beach, Ca

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Ebb & Flo


"There’s always an ebb and flow of lines to make (Robin’s work) compelling"  --  South Bay Digs, Hermosa Beach, Ca

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Studio tours on occasion.


Robin’s “slow tour” demonstrates his devotion to the legacy and beauty of North Alabama trees.  They live on in Robin’s incredible art. -- Carol Anderson, Woody Anderson Ford

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Studio tours on occasion.


Robin’s “slow tour” demonstrates his devotion to the legacy and beauty of North Alabama trees.  They live on in Robin’s incredible art. -- Carol Anderson, Woody Anderson Ford

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Recent press


Home Furnishings Business
Times Daily

Do It Yourself
Rug News
Garden & Gun
Renovation Style
IHFC-Discover Interhall
Exceptional Properties
Courier Journal
One Kings Lane
Builder
No'Ala
The Tennessean
Fox Business
American Craft Council
Martha Stewart
American Made
Florida Builder
Robb Report
Gift and Home Today
Houzz

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Recent press


Home Furnishings Business
Times Daily

Do It Yourself
Rug News
Garden & Gun
Renovation Style
IHFC-Discover Interhall
Exceptional Properties
Courier Journal
One Kings Lane
Builder
No'Ala
The Tennessean
Fox Business
American Craft Council
Martha Stewart
American Made
Florida Builder
Robb Report
Gift and Home Today
Houzz

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Current Exhibitions


     Museum of Alabama    Montgomery
     Ekornes Showroom      High Point, NC
     Ekornes Showroom      Las Vegas, NV


     Local                           Marriott Shoals
                                        Florence Tourism & Visitors Center
                                        Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House (reception)
                                        Court Street Market

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Current Exhibitions


     Museum of Alabama    Montgomery
     Ekornes Showroom      High Point, NC
     Ekornes Showroom      Las Vegas, NV


     Local                           Marriott Shoals
                                        Florence Tourism & Visitors Center
                                        Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House (reception)
                                        Court Street Market

     

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Mission


“Robin Wade Furniture is driven by a desire to celebrate and honor the natural world through our craft."

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Mission


“Robin Wade Furniture is driven by a desire to celebrate and honor the natural world through our craft."

Mission Statement

Robin Wade Furniture is driven by a desire to celebrate and honor the natural world. We strive to exhibit this celebration and respect in our manufacturing process, and create furniture that encourages and inspires renewed awe and appreciation of nature.

The goals in our mission statement are lofty indeed. It can be difficult to feel a sense of wonder and respect for nature when one works with natural materials every day. Familiarity breeds contempt, as they say. However, those of us who pour our sweat, tears, hearts and souls into this business have never lost our focus. We subscribe to a set of key core values. These values explain why we feel awe, respect and a joyful celebration in each and every piece we create.

We Practice Sustainability

At RWF we are constantly seeking out ways to make our business more sustainable. Practicing sustainability is one way we celebrate nature: by taking only what we need, and giving back as much as we take. This not only celebrates nature, but celebrates life in general, ensuring that future generations will be able to feel the same awe and joy in a natural environment that we do today.We take our time, enjoying the journey as much as the finished product.

In our Slow Studio process, a piece of furniture takes time. Still we take our time, ensuring that the piece is made right and made to last. We do not believe in instant gratification. Instead, we enjoy the effort it takes to create a piece of high quality furniture. When you take your time, the process becomes as valuable as the end product.

Robin Wade Furniture Mission Statement

Robin Wade Furniture Mission Statement

We Have A Local Focus

There are many places in the world that can inspire an appreciation of the beauty of nature. But the first place we always look for appreciation and inspiration is our own backyard. In our determination never to take anything for granted, we begin at home. We celebrate the beauty of the Alabama wilderness and source all our materials for our furniture locally. We often source trees that have been blown down by winds and storms, giving these pieces a new life in someone's home. Why go further when beauty can be found all around you?

We Value Beauty

At Robin Wade Furniture, we are not just in the business of making furniture. We are making art. We believe that appreciation of beauty is one of the key ways to encourage a feeling of awe and wonder about the natural world. Truly, the world we live in is amazing. When we build artifacts from the raw materials this world provides, we owe it to nature and to ourselves to work as hard as possible to preserve that amazement.

We Allow Nature to Speak for Itself

When you purchase a piece from Robin Wade Furniture, there is no veneer to mask inferior products and no stain to hide a wood’s natural grain or color. We let nature speak for itself. In order to respect nature's voice, we must ensure that it has a voice for a long time to come. Our values do not allow for clear cutting of forests, either foreign or domestic. We do not practice importing, which pollutes the earth’s waters, or long-distance trucking, which pollutes our air. What you see—a  locally and conscientiously made piece of furniture—is what you get.

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Walnut logs headed to the RWF studio

We Cultivate an Environmental Conscience

Last, but certainly not least, Robin Wade Furniture strives to be an environmentally aware company. Our conviction is that we cannot bring nature's beauty into peoples’ homes through the furniture we create if we do so at the expense of nature itself. To do so would be to rob nature of its beauty, and be left only with wooden furniture as hollow reminders of what we once had. We do not want to see our furniture become memorials of a lost wilderness. So, we strive to be a model of ecological thoughtfulness in everything we do.

A Labor of Love

This company is a labor of love as much as it is a business. We don't just mean love of what we do (though we do, of course, love making beautiful furniture) but also a way to demonstrate our love of Alabama and of the natural world to others. These pieces of furniture stand as a testament to the fact that we care deeply about what we do, who and what we affect by doing it, and how we affect them. We hope all of this can be seen in the pieces we create and the process by which we create them. For us, each piece we create is an opportunity to express and confirm our beliefs.

 

 

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Natural Edge Lumber


We go to great lengths, taking years in order to retain the natural shape of the tree.

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Natural Edge Lumber


We go to great lengths, taking years in order to retain the natural shape of the tree.

What do we do to our logs to turn them into the kind of hardwood lumber we need to make the kind of furniture we want? And since we are so dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the wood, why process at all? The answer is that some processing is essential to create quality furniture that lasts, but we insist on as minimal a process as possible.

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When we mill the hardwood logs into lumber we exclusively flitch saw them. This means that we are creating natural edge lumber. When the logs are flitch sawed the edges are not trimmed to make perfectly rectangular lumber; rather the irregular natural edges are retained.

The next process is debarking. The tree bark is removed by hand from the natural edge lumber with a draw knife. Why do we remove the tree bark from the natural edge hardwood lumber? Wouldn't it be that much more natural looking if we left the bark on? Possibly, but most tree bark will eventually fall off after milling which we are sure would not delight our customers if it happened in their living room. Also the bark retains moisture that can cause problems in the drying process.

Speaking of the drying process, once again we opt for the most natural and least environmentally disruptive process: Natural air drying. This is a long slow process; when we stack our lumber to naturally air dry it takes years. In Alabama, to lower the internal moisture of our natural edge lumber to about 30% it takes one year per inch of thickness. Most of our natural edge hardwood lumber is cut 3 to 4 inches thick so we're looking at three to four years of drying. This natural air drying not only limits the carbon footprint of our enterprise, it also allows the stresses associated with drying (the shrinking) to ease without causing breaks.

Our final process is some kiln drying, a process we keep to a minimum by the extensive natural air drying. This lasts about two weeks and is essential for producing furniture grade hardwood lumber (and if any additional stress and cracking take place, it occurs in the kiln and not in our customer's home or hotel).

The RWF way of doing things: Minimal processing with maximal respect for the environment to produce the highest quality and most beautiful product.


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Real Furniture


There's no magic or trickery here.  If the table is a color, it's the color that nature provided.  If it looks thick or thin, it is.  If there are cracks, holes, or scratches, they were provided by nature.  No scraping, false aging, embellishing, or even stain.  Just a desire to showcase the inherent beauty of mother nature with minimal intervention.

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Real Furniture


There's no magic or trickery here.  If the table is a color, it's the color that nature provided.  If it looks thick or thin, it is.  If there are cracks, holes, or scratches, they were provided by nature.  No scraping, false 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.

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American Made


American-made furniture, hand crafted, right here in the "Shoals" of NorthWest Alabama.  

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American Made


American-made furniture, hand crafted, right here in the "Shoals" of NorthWest Alabama.  

One-of-a-kind custom furniture from sustainably harvested local hardwoods

One-of-a-kind custom furniture from sustainably harvested local hardwoods

Many companies claim that they produce and sell “American-made” furniture. But on closer inspection, some use woods harvested in South America, some upholster with fabrics woven in China, and some integrate springs and hardware shipped from every corner of the earth. Many claim they sell American-made furniture because the far-flung pieces are assembled in the United States. Very few companies can honestly claim that they truly offer American-made furniture.

Robin Wade Furniture is one of those proud few. RWF pieces begin as hardwood trees within a 60-mile radius of the Slow Studio located in northwest Alabama. When a tree comes down, due to natural causes or human intervention, Robin and his crew harvest the tree, mill the lumber, and dry it locally, a process that can take years. When the lumber is ready, Robin’s artistic eye imagines what each piece might become—a walnut table, a cherry bench, an oak conference table, a contemporary daybed, or a maple chair. And then he goes to work in his Slow Studio, creating one-of-a-kind functional art pieces from each piece of locally harvested lumber.

Robin Wade Furniture is hand-crafted, American-made furniture that fills a home with warmth, natural texture, and exceptional beauty. From the harvesting of the tree to the wood’s preparatory process, from the designing to the crafting of a finished one-of-a-kind product, every step is completed in the Southeast corner of the United States—American-made furniture crafted by an American wood artist.