A very personal note about Children’s Furniture

A very personal note about Children’s Furniture
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Some fifty-odd years ago, Desert Craftsmen’s Lead Craftsman received a present which he did not appreciate at the time. It was in the form of an inheritance from an uncle and name-sake who had died well before he was born.

The Desert Craftsmen’s Lead Craftsman Story

On his sixth birthday, he found himself the custodian of a child-sized roll top desk and matching swivel chair which had belonged to his uncle. It was explained that this would be the perfect place to do his homework, a pretty iffy concept to a kid who had been to school less than a dozen times.

All in all, he would have preferred to have a bag of Tootsie Rolls, the big ones that don’t get hard. But the price of the desk was right, it had pigeon holes and drawers where he could put stuff, and it had a kind of interesting smell. So he kept it, not that he had a choice.

Over time, he began to notice things about the desk. When it was dusted, places in the wood flashed, kind of like fire. And the desk was held together by pieces of boards that pushed through holes in other boards, and then other pieces of wood stuck through the wood that poked through the holes so they couldn’t pull out. And the sides of the drawers held the front and back of the drawers together by kind of lacing together, like when you slide the fingers of both hands together. And the roll top, that was quite beyond his comprehension.

The magic of a tambor top

What he was noticing was the fleck of quarter sawn oak, and tusk-and-tenon joinery, and drawers made with box joints. And the magic of a tambor top. And the odor of half-century old oak. What he was noticing was that this desk and this chair were real, they were exactly what they appeared to be. And to this day, they define the yardstick of authenticity against which all things are measured in this writer’s mind


In the face of computer animation, synthetic music and “reality” tv shows, what chance does a kid have to learn the difference between appearance and actuality? A pretty good one if he or she has something to use every day that can serve the same function for him or her that that desk and chair did for a certain artisan in wood.

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For this reason, we offer Arts & Crafts furniture for kids.

What could better express your love for a kid than to provide him or her with a useful thing that will allow him or her to discover the difference between what’s real and what merely appears real?

And small doesn’t imply cheap. Unlike kids furniture available in certain mega-stores Desert Craftsmen childrens’ furniture is made with the same materials, the same construction methods and the same attention to detail as the furniture we make for big people. Which kids will be, one day at Desert Crafts Men