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Bradford Woodworking

American Made Since 1980

Bradford Smith

Worcester, Pennsylvania
I am a designer and maker of furniture in Pennsylvania. My farm themed furniture has been described as post-agricultural, contemporary, country.
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As a farm boy I was always working to fix and build things around the farm. This led to my interest in woodworking that I developed in high school. For four years after graduation, I worked in several different woodworking shops in the area. Although I learned the basics of woodworking and developed a strong work ethic, I wanted a more formal education. In 1976 I attended the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Craftsmen and graduated with a BFA in woodworking and furniture design in 1980. Later that year, I started Bradford Woodworking with my wife Sandy. The business began with a line of kitchen tools and accessories, which we designed, crafted and marketed together. In 1986, I expanded the business by developing a line of distinctive furniture. The first piece in the line was the Ax Handle Stool™, which continues to be the workhorse of the line.

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