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About Old Hickory Furniture

In the early 1800's, as the pioneers crossed the Appalachian Mountains, among the many discoveries they made was the hickory sapling. This small diameter tree grew throughout the Midwest in groups of twenty to thirty, surrounded by much larger trees.

As these saplings struggled towards the sunlight above, they grew straight and tall - yet the diameter did not exceed two to three inches - even after twenty to thirty years of growth. If you're a pioneer without furniture, you soon realize that this amazing hardwood sapling made for ideal chair and table frames.

You could soak it in boiling water and bend it to make hoops. You could weave it's inner bark to make seats and backs, and you could see new trees sprout from the same stump - over and over again. And so it became the material of choice for our ancestor's homes.

In southern Indiana, a newly transplanted North Carolinian, Billy Richardson, began to make hickory chairs and sell them on Saturdays on the town square in Martinsville. Legend has it that he and his father had made the original Andrew Jackson hoop chairs for the President's home, The Hermitage.

Others in the Martinsville area studied Richardson's products and banded together in 1892 in an abandoned church, producing hickory sapling furniture as a full-time business. They chose "Old Hickory" as the company name, the same nick-name as the late President Jackson.

When the company incorporated in 1898, a full line of products was available. Shipping across the country to homes and resorts - the company also began furnishing nearly all of the new national park lodges, including the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park. The dining chairs in the main hall are the very same chairs shipped and installed in 1906.

BenchToday's Old Hickory combines designs from the company's history along with more contemporary applications for home. Yet the process of hand-crafting each piece remains very much the same. Attention to detail, the careful matching of parts, the difficult assembly with mortise and tenon, and the meticulous hand weaving process, make Old Hickory Furniture's products unique, comfortable, and very durable. After one hundred years, old fashioned care continues at Old Hickory Furniture Company, the home of America's genuine, original furniture.

LodgeCraft Furniture is an Authorized Dealer of Old Hickory Products

Since 1988 LodgeCraft furniture showrooms offer a wide selection of the finest quality furniture for the bedroom, living room, dining room, and office. We are proud to present to you this selection of the Old Hickory Furniture Company.

With over twelve years experience in this specialty field, LodgeCraft provides our customers a proven, hard to find product and service with the systems to back it up. Our sales staff knows log furniture and the lodge lifestyle while delivering this standard of service throughout North America on time and within budget.

Copyright Information

LodgeCraft bench made furniture is the registered trademark of Montana Wood Designs, Inc. Old Hickory Furniture is a registered trademark of Old Hickory Furniture Company. Furniture designs contained herein are protected by U.S. Copyright laws. Duplication of designs without written authorization is forbidden.






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