Bill & Corinne Graefe
Phoenix Hardwoods is a family owned and operated business that remains intentionally small so we can insure the quality of each piece we handcraft. We make one-of-a-kind furniture from local Virginia hardwoods, such as walnut, cherry, figured maple, ash, oak, sassafras, sycamore, and locust.
We mill most of our lumber ourselves, often using trees that would end up as firewood. Our designs are simple, to keep the essence of the tree, and our pieces are finely finished, so they can fit in any decor, from rustic log cabins to contemporary homes. We have been greatly inspired by George Nakashima, an artist from the 50’s who made furniture using slabs of wood with natural edges left intact. Inspiration also comes from each tree, and piece of wood; what others may see as flaws (such as knots), we see as character. We use special joinery techniques such as sliding dovetails to keep some tabletops flat. Finishing is an extremely time-consuming process, with seemingly endless sanding and hand rubbing for oil finishes. We spend so much time with each piece of wood, that our pieces are almost like our children, and it is very gratifying to have our pieces find good homes with customers who love and appreciate our work.