The Beauty and Bread process begins with you.
Before we select a single slab of hardwood or join a single tenon to mortise, our customers have made a choice to invest in handmade hardwood furniture that lasts for generations. A choice to celebrate both form and function.
Here’s the nitty-gritty in FAQ form:
If you already know what you want, fill out the contact form and we will respond with next steps to get you in the queue and set up a deposit. We take a 50% deposit upon ordering. The balance, shipping, and tax if you are in Washington, are due when your pieces are completed.
If you are not quite ready to order and have any questions at all, simply fill out the same contact form and we will respond as soon as possible.
Absolutely. Choose from any domestic hardwood, including walnut, maple, white oak, cherry, ash, and vertical grain fir.
Delivery to the Portland metro area is free.
Delivery to the Seattle metro area is $150.
All other domestic shipping, blanket-wrapped, is $300.
Crated shipping to Hawaii is $550.
Shipping times vary as we strive to complete each piece with the utmost care and attention. Our lead time is generally 8 weeks to 10 weeks, but please contact us if you need your order expedited or by a specific date.
If you are local, we will personally deliver your piece(s) to you. If you are in the states, your piece(s) will be blanket-wrapped and transported by box van using a trusted family-run small shipping company that we employ as often as possible.
We take any form of payment through Quickbooks’ secure invoicing system: credit cards, debit cards, check, or bank transfer.
Beauty and Bread is the brainchild of Casey Herring; he designs and crafts handmade solid wood furniture with his team in Vancouver, Washington.
Oh! It comes from a passage in “The Yosemite,” a 1912 book by naturalist, explorer, and environmentalist John Muir. The full passage reads, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” Our business and artistic philosophy is contained in the concept of beauty and bread, form and function.
Sure! We believe that one of the greatest benefits of handmade heirloom goods is that you only need to buy it once. Our handmade wood furniture is designed and built to remain beautiful, functional and durable.
It varies by item. But — long story made very short — we select locally sourced wood whenever possible. Most elements are turned and shaped by hand. Whenever possible, joints are a wedged tenon made visible for a lifetime of strength and durability. We craft the ends to feature a faint radius to soften the overall feel and tie in the turned legs. Afterward, we apply a natural, food-safe oil and wax finish. This protects the wood and emphasizes its beauty. Spills are no problem; simply wipe them dry as they occur. Over time, the occasional application of oil will revitalize the item to your personal satisfaction.
Depending on the piece, it can take 60 hours from design to completion. But honestly, because each piece is handcrafted by real people and there are always a variety of projects underway, we don’t have a hard and fast number.
We understand that purchasing our furniture requires an investment and that some consideration has gone into your decision. We’re a small company, and we work hard to get the details of your furniture just right. But life happens. If you need to change an order after it’s placed or something is wrong when your furniture arrives, please communicate with us promptly and we will work with you to make it right.
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