I have always been a fan of rustic furniture since I was growing up. Back then, rustic wood furniture wasn’t a luxury – it was a necessity. You see, our house was filled with rustic pine furniture.
We lived in a very isolated part of Minnesota, USA. We made our own furniture and sold it for our livelihood. Nowadays, rustic furniture can fetch a pretty penny. Looking at current prices, it seems like my dad could have done better for himself. I don’t know if he just wasn’t well connected, or if the market has changed a lot since my childhood, but we were never very wealthy. As a matter of fact, we were rather poor. We had enough to get by, but just barely.
Still, I can’t deny that, even back then, I was attracted to the quality of rustic furniture, Duncans of Banchory is full of it. I had friends in town who were comparably wealthy. They could buy factory made furniture, but it wasn’t actually of the same quality. You see, the great thing about handmade furniture is that people take time to make sure that it is made right. With the factory manufactured furniture, no one bothers. The goal is to make and sell it as quickly as possible. Any special care that they take with the products simply gets in the way of profits.
This is why, no matter how industrialised and how mechanised society gets, there will always be a place for handmade crafts and rustic furniture. Don’t get me wrong – there are many interesting designs being manufactured nowadays, but there’s something so comforting about handmade woodwork. The smell of the wood, the feel of the individual pieces, and the sturdiness of the frame all contribute to a whole that is more than the sum of its parts.
Still, I can’t help but think that people who buy rustic furniture are missing out on half the fun. There are rustic modern furniture designs that are not too hard to make with a few simple tools, but no one seems to bother anymore. Not that I am complaining – I love being able to make a living selling furniture wholesale to stores all over the country for folks to buy. Even so, it is nice to see people take some pride in doing things by hand now and then. It is good to have a hobby, and it is good to understand the work that goes into the things you use every day.