Furniture Makers

Arts & Crafts designers and manufacturers

Just what makes a piece of furniture "Mission Style" or "Arts and Crafts"? The following architectural drawings are taken from Furniture Design, for Schools and Shops, by Fred D. Crawshaw. The Manual Arts Press. Peoria, Illinois, 1914. It was Professor Crawshaw's belief, that the manual arts, such as furniture making should be taught in schools from the first grade. In this pattern book, he gives ideas for furniture but no exact measurements. He intended that the patterns would not be copied, and gives this insight. "..It was never intended that this should be done except, possibly, by those who had no power of initiative for whatsoever reason."

arts and crafts society The Mission Style Footstool

Mission Style Footstool

Mission Style Library Table

Craftsman Style Library Table

The Morris Chair

Mission Style, the Morris Chair

Arts and Crafts Sideboard

Arts and Crafts Sideboard

Mission Style Tabouret

Design for a small A&C Tabouret

Furniture makers during the he Arts & Crafts Movement were extremely prolific in all parts of the US. The following links provide articles and suggested reading on some of the furniture designers and builders and their shops.

Furniture makers


The following books might help you with your A&C furniture choices or projects.

Mission Furniture: How to Make It
Shop Drawings for Craftsman Inlays & Hardware
Craftsman Furniture Projects: Timeless Designs and Trusted Techniques

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