Basket makers feature not only their own work but the work of many other local artisans in their log gift shop just north of Lurton on Scenic Byway 7.
One of those who’s work merits a place of honor is Mt. Judea chairmaker. His cane-bottomed chairs have been presented to two Presidents, are displayed in the Smithsonian, and brought him an invitation to tour Japan as a guest of the country’s largest department store to exhibit his craftsmanship.
No nails, screws or glue are used in the construction of the five-slat ladderback chairs, sewing rockers, captains chairs, woven-back rockers and other chairs. They are built of Ozark walnut or oak and have caned seats of hickory bark. Wood is purchased from local sawmills and cut into posts and slats. Using techniques honed by generations of chairmakers, he cuts and sands, turning all posts free-hand and following his feeling for the correct measurements.
Back posts are boiled in water for 45 minutes to an hour and then put into presses to rest for 72 hours. Backs are paired up according to their curve, then sanded. Three-quarter inch dowels are dried in the kitchen oven. A mortise and tenon joint is used to fit pieces together, a technique in which a notch is cut in the wood. The protecting end, or tenon, of another wood piece is shaped to fit the mortise and posts and rounds are driven together. The rounds are dried, but the posts still have moisture so they shrink to fit as they dry. The chairs are then ready for a seat. With a drawing knife, he pulls strips of inner bark from hickory poles. One end is notched and the other shaped to fit like a key in a keyhole. The key fits into the notch to secure the starting point for the over-and-under weaving that creates the chair bottom. After the seats are caned, they stand about 24 hours to dry.
His old fashioned pie safes with punched metal doors and dining room sideboards are heavy, attesting to the solid wood construction. No thin veneers, here. Another furniture maker is also featured, who constructs oak pieces such as a high backed, mirrored, hall tree and bench with under-seat storage
Everything at the shop is locally hand made. That’s all they carry. Period. You won’t turn anything over and find a Made in China sticker and you can find the name of the craftsman who built the product.
Their baskets fill the shop and almost no one who enters can resist the temptation to take at least one along with them. Basket prices range from $10 to $40. There are also dolls, walking canes, turkey calls, denim jumpers, tea towels, wooden birdhouses, and, even, some good things to eat like green tomato relish and sorghum molasses.
Embrace the legacy of craftsmanship with an exquisite collection of Ozark walnut and oak chairs. Meticulously handcrafted , these timeless pieces feature cane seats made of hickory bark. From ladderback chairs to rocking chairs, find the best chairs to add elegance in your space.
Discover the masterful creations of basket makers alongside the works of talented local artisans. From charming storage baskets to intricate decorative pieces, the collection offers an irresistible array of designs. Experience the allure of traditional craftsmanship, each basket telling its own unique story.
DOLLS & OTHER ITEMS
Delight in the charm and character of our diverse range of locally crafted dolls and whimsical wooden birdhouses. You can even find tea towels, turkey calls, and more. Every item is a labour of love, embodying the essence of authentic, handcrafted treasures.
Ozark Mountain Craft chairs are meticulously crafted using a time-honoured process. Back posts are carefully boiled, pressed for 72 hours, and thoughtfully paired based on their curvature. Dowels are dried to perfection, while assembly relies on the precise mortise and tenon joints, eliminating the need for nails, screws, or glue. Through skilled weaving of inner bark strips from hickory poles, the seats come to life. After caning, the chairs are left to dry for 24 hours. The result? Beautiful, handcrafted chairs that boast exceptional craftsmanship and a timeless design.
At Triple Oaks, every item is carefully handcrafted, reflecting a passion for artisan furniture. From the sturdy wooden construction of traditional pie safes to sideboards adorned with charming punched metal doors, quality shines through. The store proudly showcases local artisans, adding a personal touch and fostering a sense of community. Explore the delightful selection of exquisitely woven baskets, charming dolls, elegant walking canes, and whimsical wooden birdhouses. Step into Triple Oaks, where each piece tells a unique story, and indulge in the artistry of handmade furniture that captures the heart.