Hey Farmhouse fans. It’s been awhile since I wrote one of these. One of those that’s more about who we are and what we believe in than the actual furniture. I’ve found that most of our client’s truly appreciate not only the pieces we build for them. But for many of them they come back over and over again because of who we are. In my mind, who we are is even more important than the piece we build you. Now true……if we built you a piece of junk our name would be mud…lol. But since that’s not an option for us you get a great piece and more importantly a piece of East Tennessee traditional values. My Dad is the cornerstone of this family, He will be 80 years old tomorrow on the 6th of May. I am so thankful I still have my Dad and Mom. He instilled and still sets the bar for this entire family. Let me tell you a little about him. He served his country in the Army as a mechanic as a young man. Times were so tough in that day he enlisted because jobs were tough to find. And he and Mom headed to Fort Rucker Alabama for his basic training and initiation into the army. When he got out he came back home and wound up using his training to become a diesel mechanic and eventually wound up working for 20 plus years at Stower’s machinery a Caterpillar dealer in Knoxville TN. My dad was and is the toughest man I’ve ever known. I’ve seen him sick as a dog and get up at 4 am and head to the strip pits in Kentucky where he laid on his back in mud and repaired a dozer or loader. Usually getting home at way past dark and more often than not 10 oclock at night. He imparted every single work ethic I ever received. He lived it, breathed and was the epitome of a real life Iron Man. He loved my Mom my brother and I and showed us how to love. He would take nothing from anyone and bent over backward to help his neighbor. When I was 13 he and I cleared the land they live on today with an ax and a bow saw until he finally broke down and bought a chain saw. We grew a garden and slaughtered hogs with my Papaw. That was life and it was tough and it was very real.
When you come to Farmhouse Furniture and talk with us. You will still see his bright blue eyes through mine and my two boys who are here. You will receive the same honest hard work from us that Stowers Machinery recieved from him. You will get our values that began in him and run deep in our veins. Nothing will be done haphazardly or carelessly, but carefully and thoughtfully on your piece of furniture. Dad taught me that art is in your hands and your head. And what you create is what you leave behind in every way. In your furniture you build, the children you raise, the grandchildren that you nurture and great grandchildren if you are so fortunate. Your family your reputation and name are all that you leave behind. And by the way, below for your entertainment is me and my wife Kim, Me and my boys Al and Spencer then Dad, Mom and a very young me and finally one of my favorite pics of Dad about 6-7 years ago. We’d love to meet you and your family, come see us soon!