Simply Beautiful Furniture.

Our Woodshop

We refer to our manufacturing facility as “The Shop”. The shop has always been the soul of Hardwood Artisans. We encourage people to visit our shop and hundreds of people have done so. Our showrooms are unique and wonderful places, but they are outposts of the shop.

Greg Gloor and Larry Spinks, the original partners, started out small. For the first year and a half, they worked out of a basement in Old Town Alexandria, and called the business “The Loft Bed Store”. When a customer came in, one of the two original partners would go out to the little attached showroom and hopefully take an order. From their perspective, they were first of all craftsmen and artisans, and much more distantly businessmen. But of course, bills need paid, and dreams need financed. To that end, they established a way of doing business that was an extension of their “shop” philosophy: build it strong and made to last; keep it simple, elegant, and understandable; try to be as ethical, ecological and economical as possible; and have some fun.

The Loft Bed Store soon had more business than the two of them could handle, and the lease on the basement was up. They opened a small storefront on King Street, in Alexandria, and rented an unheated two car garage across the street. Greg’s wife, Lois, came on board as a sales person and bookkeeper, and two other employees were hired.  In addition to the technical woodworking training, they were told to make any decisions as if they owned the business. In other words, to ask themselves, “What would I do if this were my company?” When the business changed hands in 2005, there was a ready pool of people with the mindset of an owner.

The products that Hardwood Artisans crafts are of the highest standards of woodworking. We typically have about 35 craftspeople working in the shop. Machines and work spaces need to be kept in excellent working order. Methods of manufacture and construction need to be followed exactly to ensure the long term viability of the product. Building a high-quality chair is a difficult chore. Building a company that can correctly make this chair again and again, and into the future, is an even more difficult proposition.