THE ADRIANCE DISTINCTION
CLASSIC NEW ENGLAND DESIGN …evoking our quintessential furniture heritage.
Timeless elegance and graceful proportions define Adriance heirlooms, inspired by classic New England Colonial, Federal, Shaker & Nautical masterworks from America’s preeminent museums. Continuing in the tradition of 18th century furnituremaking, our handcrafted heirlooms are destined to endure as an American legacy.
EXQUISITE HAND-TURNINGS, HAND-INLAYS, HAND-CARVING …hallmarks that distinguish Adriance from the ordinary.
Designer Gary Adriance, mentors furniture artisans to achieve high artistic expression, often jewel-like quality, believing that intrinsic merit and value is expressed in the refined, detail workmanship performed by the practiced hands of a master. The subtle hand-tooling admired by furniture cognoscenti in old-world masterworks is also evident in our hand-fashioned turnings, inlays, and carvings.
BESPOKE FURNITURE & CUSTOM INTERIORS …an uncommonly good workshop attracts customers who deserve the best.
We design and build many one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and en suite interiors, lasting testaments from the hands of our skilled craftsmen. Our signature works evolve from an informed rapport between designer and artisan. Some creations require months of painstaking effort. Our patron/clients share our interests in high-craft and classic style, including the sketch work, wood selection, and techniques found in Renaissance culture. Great skill and manual dexterity is required to carve leaf patterns and inlayed flower motifs. Bellflower petal inlays, for example, are individually gouge-cut, then knifed into the wood with hand tools. Each petal is then shaded with hot sand, overlapped, and hand-etched to create visual realism.
HAND-DOVETAILED DRAWERS …our workshop exemplifies an aristocracy of craftsmanship honoring talent and virtue.
Adriance drawers are built to last with artisan hand-sawn dovetails, unsurpassed as the strongest, most aesthetic construction technique. The skilled effort of hand-dovetailing enhances the intrinsic value of our furniture for the connoisseur and demonstrates our unwavering dedication to hand-workmanship. Our drawer sides are made from tight-grain, quartersawn wood, chosen for seasonal stability.
CONSTRUCTIVE INTEGRITY …skilled handwork measured by the ruler of perfection.
Adriance furniture is hand-made using historically proven construction methods, such as mortise & tenon and dovetail joinery. Our table aprons are square-tenoned into deeply mortised legs; chair rails are tenoned and wedged through their back posts; chest rails are dovetailed into their cases. These time-honored techniques insure that Adriance furniture shall remain for years to come.
HAND RUBBED FINISHES …the chatoyancy of our proprietary finish is unequaled.
Adriance heirlooms are finished by hand with many coats of organic water-resistant varnish, polished and waxed to a lustrous amber patina.
SUSTAINABLE FOREST STEWARDSHIP…if a sacred tree shall be sacrificed to our indulgence, will it be rendered into objects of discardable value, or will its majesty be transformed by artisans who steward its genome into useful and precious artforms?
At ADRIANCE FURNITUREMAKERS we believe our heirloom furniture, which is handmade to last, is a respectful use of our precious forests. We purchase lumber from sawmills certified by the Forest Stewardship Counsel (FSC), which warrants that sustainable forest management is practiced worldwide in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable way. In fact, some forests are so well managed today, that there are more trees growing now than a century ago. A purchase of non-disposable, locally made Adriance furniture, handcrafted from renewable timber, is a gesture of green awareness.
HIGHLY FIGURED, WIDE-BOARD WOODS …we celebrate the natural beauty of wood everyday!
Adriance furniture is handcrafted from sustainable American cherry, tiger maple, walnut, white pine, and certified South American mahogany. Our furniture tops, drawer fronts, headboards, and door panels feature highly figured, matched wide-boards.
Our distinctive starwheel trademark is hand-carved into all Adriance heirlooms, assuring you of unrivaled, authentic craftsmanship. After final inspection by Gary Adriance, each artform is hand-signed for posterity, destined to become a cherished heirloom.
COLLECTIBLE HEIRLOOMS …begin your own enduring legacy.
Owning handcrafted Adriance heirlooms will heighten your appreciation for the intrinsic merits of classical design, fine artisanry, and beautiful wood. An Adriance heirloom, handmade by one or two craftsmen at individual workbenches in our New England workshop, is the preferred choice by knowledgeable furniture collectors.