Welcome to Adriance Furnituremakers
Since 1983 Gary Adriance Furnituremakers in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts has handcrafted heirloom furniture of unsurpassed craftsmanship. Beautiful wood, timeless design, graceful proportions and attention to detail define Adriance. In the great tradition of classic Massachusetts furnituremaking, our bench-made masterworks are proudly built by artisans whose legacy will endure for generations.
Our truly handmade furniture is built to last using time-honored construction methods such as authentic mortise & tenon and dovetail joinery. Table aprons are squarely tenoned into deeply mortised legs; chair rails are tenoned through back posts and wedged; chest rails are dovetailed into case ends; drawer sides of stable quartersawn pine are strongly joined by 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 merely 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. Our work is not computer-made.
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.
In 1970 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 workshop in Padanaram Village where Gary built furniture and cabinetry for ten years. In 1987 they opened a showroom in the village and in 1991 built their current workshop and showroom on Gulf Road soon employing eight craftsmen. The Adriances operated a second showroom in Newport, Rhode Island for ten years, which is now located in Newton Lower Falls, MA.
We look forward to meeting you in our South Dartmouth or Newton Lower Falls Showroom.