At Niagara we believe that doing things the old-fashioned way is the best way to produce high quality traditional furniture. At every stage of our production process experienced hands and people with decades of experience work to create our collection of furniture.

Mahogany lumber

Wood

Producing great quality furniture starts with great quality ingredients which is why we select only the finest quality, sustainably harvested mahogany and mahogany veneers to create our furniture. Mahogany has been the wood of choice when creating fine furniture for more than four hundred years. Originally native to Central and South America mahogany was exported to Europe for use by cabinet makers throughout the European continent and England. Prized for it’s beautiful graining and resistance to rot mahogany also became the material of choice for furniture building in the coastal cities of the United States of America beginning in the eighteenth century. Fine examples of the workmanship from that era can still be found on display in major museums in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

Carving

Fine quality carvers are difficult to find in this day of CNC machines and mass-produced items but all of our pieces of furniture are unique in that they are carved by hand. In the 18th Century carvings were incorporated into furniture designs to create shadows and movement in a world lit by candlelight. In today’s world of electric lighting options the carving gives each piece a unique signature of visual interest.

Carving
Template

Template

Templates are used to help the carvers create a consistent product. Each template is a work of art in itself, each template is meticulously drawn and cut out by hand.

Sanding

In order to create smooth surfaces skilled craft people spend endless hours hand sanding the intricate carvings and smooth surfaces until they are ready to receive stain and finish

Inlay

Inlay

The use of inlay on a piece of furniture serves to reflect the color and light found in a room. Inlay can take many forms, from sunbursts sometimes found in Niagara Furniture console tops to banding around the edge of the tabletop. Wherever it is found our inlay work is done by hand by skilled artisans with decades of experience.

Staining

Even wood of the same species, taken from the same tree has different color variations. Staining the wood with liquid dyes permits us to create items that are more uniformly colored.

Shown here is a picture of headboard where the posts have been stained but the headboard has not yet been colored. The headboard will receive a slightly different colored stain so that it closely matches the bed posts. Working with these stains takes many years of hand on experience.

Staining
Polishing

Polishing

The difference between handmade and homemade often comes down to the finishing and the furniture at Niagara receives numerous coats of sealers and lacquers before being polished by hand. This is a delicate art, polishing too hard can remove the finish. Polishing properly creates a remarkably clear finish that unleashes the beauty of the wood.

Leather

At Niagara we start our leather work process for desktops with fine quality full grain leather imported from Italy. Each cowhide is carefully inspected and utilized to its fullest extent by being hand cut to fit the areas where it will be applied. The tooling and gold leaf applications are also done entirely by hand using tools that would be familiar with any 18th Century Leather worker

Leather