The Adriance Distinction
Since 1983 Gary Adriance Furnituremakers in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts has handcrafted heirloom furniture of unsurpassed craftsmanship. We celebrate the natural beauty of wood, timeless design, graceful proportions and attention to detail. In the great tradition of classic Massachusetts furnituremaking, our bench-made masterworks are proudly built by artisans whose legacy will endure for generations.
Our handmade furniture is built to last using the time-honored construction methods of authentic mortise & tenon and dovetail joinery. Table aprons are squarely tenoned into deeply mortised legs, chair rails are tenoned through back posts and wedged, drawer sides of stable quartersawn pine are strongly joined with fine hand-sawn dovetails.
The best wide-board, native cherry, tiger maple, walnut, and South American mahogany is chosen to create highly figured table tops, drawer fronts, headboards, and door panels. We purchase lumber from sawmills recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council for practicing sustainable forestry.
High standards of craftsmanship and design set us apart from the ordinary. Our unwavering dedication to exceptional hand-skills is a testament to the human hand. The subtle hand-tool marks found in old world artworks are also evident in our hand-planed wood, hand-turning, hand-inlay and hand-carving. Computerized tooling is not used.
Adriance signed heirlooms are finished with several coats of waterproof varnish and hand-rubbed to a lustrous satin patina. To assure genuine authenticity our distinctive starwheel trademark is hand-carved into each artform.
Gary Adriance handmade his first furniture at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In 1980, he and his wife Laurie built a post and beam Nantucket cottage and furniture workshop in the seaside village of Padanaram, South Dartmouth, MA. In 1991 a spacious Workshop & Showroom was built across the harbor. A second showroom operated in Newport, Rhode Island for a decade, now located in the Boston area.
We look forward to meeting you in our South Dartmouth or Newton Lower Falls Showroom.