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. We take a 50% deposit upon ordering and will send that invoice to your email from QuickBooks. The balance, shipping, and tax if you are in Washington, are due when your pieces are completed, prior to shipment.
If you are not quite ready to place the (non-refundable) deposit or have any questions at all, simply fill out the same contact form and we will respond as soon as possible.
We take payment through Quickbooks’ secure invoicing system. If you are able to pay with ACH Debit/E-check (using your bank account and routing numbers) or mailing a check, we really appreciate it. If that is not an option for you, no problem! Just let us know and we can adjust the QuickBooks system to accept credit and debit cards.
Generally, somewhere between 10 and 12 weeks, depending on what you are ordering. Beds are sometimes less, casework like dressers is often further out. Lead time is defined as starting when the deposit payment is received, ending when the completed furniture is ready to ship. The timeline is not an exact science, being a small shop, so please contact us if you have a specific need or to find out what it is at the moment: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. If you are in Alaska or Hawaii, we can see about crating your pieces to send via freight.
Shipping rates vary. For the sake of simplicity, we subsidize a portion of the shipping costs. Larger or additional pieces will be more.
Delivery to the Portland metro area is free.
Delivery to the Seattle metro area starts at $150 for a bed without drawers.
Anywhere else in the continental US starts at $350 for a bed without drawers.
If you would like to add set-up to your delivery, that needs to be arranged directly with the shipping company and we will connect you with them. If you are local, set-up is included.
If you are in Alaska or Hawaii, please contact us and we will get a shipping quote for freight.
Because each piece is hand-built to order by our small team, we ask that you consider your purchase carefully before placing the deposit as we are not able to accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations. We understand that purchasing our furniture requires an investment, so we welcome any questions and discussion prior to placing a deposit. If something changes and you are hoping to adjust the details of your order, please let us know as soon as possible so we can see what we can do.
If furniture is damaged in transit, please contact us immediately at (360) 909-5850.
The product used to finish almost all of our pieces is called Osmo Polyx 3054, so we recommend that Osmo brand of cleaner/conditioners. A damp rag works just fine for daily things like a quick dusting or wiping off a table.
If something spills, it’s best to wipe it up as soon as possible. And if you ever want to revamp the sheen of your furniture, another coat of the original Osmo can be applied – no sanding required. Feel free to reach out with any questions!
If you have pieces made of maple, Osmo discontinued the finish we used on those, so please reach out with questions as we are transitioning!
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer trade discounts. We operate on pretty small margins to begin with and appreciate your understanding and decision to support our team if a piece is the right fit for your space!
Beauty and Bread Woodshop is the brainchild of Casey Herring, who first started tinkering with woodworking in his tiny garage. He now designs and crafts handmade solid wood furniture with his team in Vancouver, Washington.
It comes from a passage in “The Yosemite,” a 1912 book by naturalist, explorer, and environmentalist John Muir, someone Casey has long admired. 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.
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