Burress Materials

The Amish see furniture making as an art admired for both its beauty and integrity. They have been making handcrafted, solid wood heirloom furniture for centuries passing down the craft from generation to generation.

The beauty of solid hardwood is more than “skin deep”. Neither synthetic nor engineered, it comes from nature-a simple, reliable and renewable source. Our solid hardwood tables are made up of many pieces of wood. Each is unique and you may notice natural variations in color. All are equally strong and impart the beauty and value that make solid hardwood second to none.

The trees main story is written in its unique grain pattern. Grain patterns are made by the tree’s growth rings-one for each year. Each board has its own story, its own unique grain pattern and texture. Trees grow limbs, which fall to the forest floor as the tree matures. What remains are knots in the wood. Each time you see a knot on a hardwood surface, you’ll know a tree limb once grew from that spot. These natural markings have absolutely no effect on the wood’s durability and structural integrity. Knots and other characteristics are much like the nubs you find in such fine natural fabrics as silk and linen; they are indications of genuine quality.

Color variations are a standard trademark of hardwoods. The outside or younger wood is lighter than the inside core where the wood is usually darker. The durability and integrity of our hardwood table is not affected by these naturally occurring variations, in fact, these variations are exactly what most people want, giving them the warmth and charm of individuality. Trees absorb minerals and other essentials as they grow and prosper. You may see their traces in our tables. These natural characteristics let you know you are enjoying the authentic item, and not artificial wood imitation.

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