Welcome to Eldred Wheeler where we sell high quality 18th Century Colonial Reproduction handcrafted furniture made in the United States. We make quality pieces to the same standards set by 18th century American craftsmen, using the same materials: wide boards of native Cherry and Tiger Maple, hand-forged nails, and hand—filed hardware. Period construction techniques, such as pegged mortise and tenon and dovetail joints, require extensive hand fitting. We make our cherry and tiger maple furniture the way it would have been built two hundred years ago, so it has all the character of antiques.
Eldred Wheeler is the fulfillment of a desire to create fine furniture in the same manner as early American cabinet makers. Our own interest in colonial American furniture, coupled with the limited number of antique originals, prompted us to find a way to build authentic, affordable pieces. Each Eldred Wheeler edition is created by hand and maintains the same traditions as 18th Century craftsmen in the areas of design, materials, joinery, carving and finishing. We select wide boards of cherry, maple and tiger maple for hand-planing and scraping. Then, classic 18th Century joinery techniques are used to assemble each design. Finishing is done by hand using timetested formulas. We believe that the end result is unique furniture which elicits the same excitement produced by comparable antiques. We are proud of our work and truly enjoy creating furniture for people who appreciate 18th Century American antiques and wish to own selected pieces in the style and workmanship of earlier craftsmen.
Tiger Maple, sometimes called curly maple or figured maple, comes from the red maple tree of the eastern United States and Canada. Its hardness, durability and beautiful wavy pattern made it a favorite of 18th century cabinet makers. The distinctive array of patterns in a tiger maple piece from Eldred Wheeler furniture will enhance its uniqueness and charm.