in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is a
place where time seems to stand still. Where rough-hewn plank floors,
hefty wooden beams, and bare barn siding complement the simple elegance of
18th-century-design wood furniture.
at Martin's Chair believes that quality craftsmanship means combining the
best techniques of the old and new. At the manufacturing facility in New
Holland, Pennsylvania, they use modern machinery to precision cut
and shape fine hardwood parts. Each part is then carefully fit together by
skilled craftsmen, who then sand and finish each piece to perfection.
Martin's Chairs are so well-made
that they have become family heirlooms, passed on from generation to
generation. They also have made their mark in the museum world. From use
in the Guggenheim Museum to the White House and the Inn at Colonial
Williamsburg, furniture made by Martin's Chair is among the finest
designed in the world.
Linger just a little while
through the pages of our site. Imagine spice-scented rooms filled with the
bustle of family living. Discover how our wood furniture and accessories,
handcrafted from the techniques handed down by generations of
Lancaster County artisans, could bring a taste of Early American home life
to your family.
Each piece has a little of John
John Martin, that
is. You could call him
many things—president, entrepreneur, master craftsman, artist. He likes
furniture-maker the best (next to Dad and Grandpa). It isn’t unusual for
John to personally inspect each piece that bears his name, adhering to his
own measure of quality, which he terms, “fussy.”
John E. Martin, Jr., was a boy of
11 when his dream began. Working at odd jobs for a Lancaster Country
chair-maker, he learned to use the lathe and turn the legs of chairs
according to time-honored traditions. By the time he was 19, his dream was
well under way when Martin officially bought the chair-making business
from it's owner, Christian Good... for just $1. Since then Martin's Chair
Inc. has become synonymous with some of the finest quality-crafted
furniture made in America.
Time-honored techniques, handed
down from generations of Lancaster County craftsmen.
Solid wood, including oak,
cherry, maple, poplar, and curly maple.
The hand of the artist: mortise
and tendon joints, hand-drawn tooling marks, dovetailing, oak steam
bendings, hand sanding, and hand-rubbed finishes.
Furniture built in Pennsylvania
has always been valued for its quality and refinement. With rich resources
of fine lumber and skilled craftsmen, the elegant furniture of
Pennsylvania has found its way to homes throughout the world. Benjamin
Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington rested in chairs built
in Pennsylvania as they met to sign the Declaration of Independence. They
all knew the value and character of Pennsylvania craftsmanship.
So, if you ever visit
the workroom and happen to see someone with a big smile and a tape measure
dangling from his belt, say hello. It’s probably John—the man who had a
hand in building your heirloom.