One might wonder, while meandering around a giant retail store, if furniture is still made in North America let alone in this province. Mike and Allison Graham have made it their business to do so, crafting unique rustic furniture perfectly suited to cottage and country life.
Mike started making furniture in high school. Over the years, he has dabbled in building custom homes, barn dismantling, timber framing and growing produce. This is his first year focusing on furniture in his newly constructed shop just minutes outside of Calabogie and he has big plans. Each piece is handcrafted in the truest sense of the word: Allison peels the logs before Mike makes them into legs for chairs, tables, beds, benches, stools, stair rails and other rustic-looking pieces. “Every piece is different”, states Mike, as the shape and character of the trees used is carried forward to the furniture. His chairs just might be the Ottawa Valley’s response to the “Muskoka chair”.
Sustainable forest management is of high importance to Mike and Allison. Mike harvests most of the trees used to build his furniture from his own 100 acres and puts careful consideration into the successful regeneration of the forest so he will continue to benefit from it for years to come; as will future generations. He uses horses to haul harvested trees to the workshop because “they work best at getting the trees out without damaging what’s left behind”. Most of Mike’s furniture is made from cedar, balsam fir and pine. As Mike puts it, “wood that is grown here is naturally resistant to local bugs and decay, making it well-suited for furniture use in our area”. Anything he can’t get from his own woodlot, he sources from the nearby local family operated mill, Raymond Bell & Sons.
You can purchase furniture or request something custom from Calabogie Rustic Furniture by calling, emailing or stopping by the workshop at the location below. Some of Mike’s work is displayed and available for purchase at Polarwear Fleeceware in Eganville. You can view a selection of his handmade furniture online at www.calabogierusticfurniture.com.
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- Handcrafted rustic log furniture: tables, chairs, benches, bed frames
- Custom woodworking
- Rustic railings and stairs