Although we are now a prominent furniture maker in DC Metropolitan Area, Hardwood Artisans started out as a small loft bed store in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Two men in their late 20’s, Greg Gloor and Larry Spinks, built and sold loft beds in the basement of a retail building in 1976. The only tools that were available at the time was a router, Skilsaw, hand sander, and a drill.
(Greg and Larry at their first shop/showroom in Old Town Alexandria in 1977)
(The very first loft bed built in 1976)
After several years, Greg and Larry rented an industrial space in Lorton, VA where they continued to make loft beds. In 1980, the Loft Bed Store opened a showroom in Rockville, MD. During this time, different lines of dressers were introduced to our product line to accompany the loft beds. We also broadened our usage of woods to include cherry, oak, walnut, maple, and mahogany.
Business grew rapidly thanks to our customers who loved our products and trusted our honest and straightforward business style. In 1982, Greg and Larry undertook a venture to build their own wood shop in Woodbridge, VA to move up from their rental space. This was a crucially innovative time for the company as we broadened our product line to include tables, chairs, dining room, and other bedroom pieces.
(Newly built shop on Farm Creek Drive Woodbridge, VA September 1983)
(Larry and Seng loading truck for delivery on Christmas Eve)
Now that we have evolved from making just loft beds, in 1998, we changed our name from “The Loft Bed Store” to “Hardwood Artisans” to better represent who and what we had become. In 2006, Greg turned the business over to six partners who had worked for him and helped the company in its growth. The six partners are now ambassadors of the company. They all have different roles ranging from sales and interaction with customers to designing furniture. However, they have one common goal which is to provide quality furniture and exceptional customer service to all of our customers.
We take great pride in building furniture the best it can be made for you and for future generations. 100% of our furniture is made with real, solid wood in 43,000 sq. ft. wood shop in Culpeper, VA.
(Hardwood Artisans Employees and Partners at the Culpeper Shop. Pictured sitting and kneeling from right to left is Kevin Carlson, John Buss, John Hillgren, Curt Smay, Mark Gatterdam, and Ricardo Berrum)
We would like to invite you to visit our showrooms in Arlington, VA, Bethesda, MD, and Culpeper, VA (currently under renovation) to see the quality and craftsmanship of our furniture. In addition to our showroom in Culpeper, you can take a tour of our shop and see how our furniture is made. Our craftspeople always enjoy demonstrating their skills and answering questions.
In an era where mass production is an industry norm, we are focused on building the best furniture at the highest level of craftsmanship. Good furniture is a rarity nowadays and we know that people want the best when it comes to having furniture that will last. We are committed to assisting you in ordering your furniture as well as building it with best craftsmanship possible.