Arts and Crafts Furniture, Asheville North Carolina, Grove Park Inn, Grovewood Gallery
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I Vacation in Asheville and Discover a Woodworking Mother Lode

The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina is known to be a treasure trove of authentic Craftsman style furniture. The hotel lobby and hallways contain authentic Arts and Crafts furniture, some of which have been reproduced frequently enough to be easily found on the internet.

My wife and I visited the Grove Park Inn while on vacation in Asheville and I tried to impress her with my knowledge of defining Arts and Crafts furniture details. For example, take the table and chairs seen below…

Authentic Craftsman furniture everywhere you look.

Authentic Craftsman furniture everywhere you look.

The table is made of quarter-sawn white oak. The top features a frame which surrounds a tile center and the frame joinery shows exposed pegged tenons. The lower shelf utilizes keys to lock the exposed tenons in place. The aprons between the legs have a nice arch. Then on the chairs there is super cool inlay…

This inlay is a classic Arts and Crafts detail.

This inlay is a classic Arts and Crafts detail.

But seeing such a large collection of Craftsman furniture all in one place is not the mother lode I refer to in my post title. That is next door at the Grovewood Gallery. This gallery, located on the grounds of the Grove Park Inn, contains the most stunning and most inspiring collection of furniture I have ever been in the presence of. My showing off to my wife quickly came to a halt as it began to sink in what I had stumbled upon. I have twice been to the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, which always has some inspiring, locally crafted furniture, but the Grovewood Gallery has to be one of the best collections of high-end and creative furniture in the USA. There were several rooms packed with jaw dropping furniture…

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And the photos above are from what I saw was the best of the gallery; there were plenty more pieces on display. At least two of the pieces above have been featured on the back cover of Fine Woodworking. The back cover is where they show especially creative works by furniture makers. The last chair above is by Curtis Buchanan All of the Grovewood Gallery furniture is for sale with some pieces selling for as much as $6,500.

I asked one of the gallery employees if he knew of the caliber of furniture they show. He seemed to know, but he was not nearly as excited as I was to be in the presence of such high quality and uniquely designed furniture.

The take away here is that if you are a woodworker and you travel to Asheville, be sure to stop in at the Grovewood Gallery. You will be glad you did.

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23 Comments

  1. John says

    Very inspiring, I’ll have to add this stop to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lots of interesting furniture pieces you have found. My wife and I have been to Ashville but havenot been to this location. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Check out Blue Spiral gallery, my brother Stoney Lamar has a few pieces there. That street has several nice shops.

  4. Not to mention Asheville is home to one of the world’s finest craftsmen, Brian Boggs.

    Those are some very fine examples of quality furniture. Thanks for sharing!

    • Yes, seeing all this was amazing. Two of the pieces there are found in a arts and crafts plan book I have. Might have to make one or both.

  5. I was so excited to see your post. I have a rocking chair much like the first one (without the inlay and no padded seat) that was giving to my mother when I was born in 1957. It is waiting patiently for the arrival of my new grandchild this fall. 🙂

  6. Jennifer Worrell says

    I am so excited to visit Asheville in the upcoming year! I will be sure to check this out!!

  7. Thanks for sharing your insight! Asheville is fantastic! I’ve been to the Grove Park Inn a few times, but I had no idea they had such high quality furniture. Maybe you’d have some knowledge to share on my little furniture question. Recently, I stumbled upon a Tomlinson burled walnut table at an estate for only $12! I scooped it up, but I don’t know what to do about the superficial scratches. I worry refinishing is probably too much, and I don’t want to ruin the value of the antique by stripping the whole original finish. Do you know what would be involved in restoring a piece like this? Should I take it to a pro? Or is this an easy fix for an amateur like me with a crafty hand?

    • If the table has antique value and it only cost $12, I’d at least let a professional look at it. I took a quick look at Tomlinson tables on eBay and even paying a pro should still keep you right side up on the value of the table. You could explain your skill level to the pro, get some feedback and make your decision. Good luck!

  8. My teacher from my fine woodworking degree in morganton, NC designed and built the 9 drawer dresser. That not even the nicest one he’s done. You should see the blanket chest he had over there!!

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