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Joseph Thompson Woodworks

American Made Since 2003

Joseph Thompson

Eutawville, South Carolina
We're a husband and wife team designing and handcrafting fine heirloom quality furniture using traditional hand tools and woodworking techniques.
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Tell us about your business.

We are a husband and wife collaboration working out of our shop on the first floor of our home in the tiny Lowcountry town of Eutawville, SC. Joseph began woodworking ten years ago after withdrawing from college and attending wooden boat school, then furniture school in Maine. He returned in 2008 and started Joseph Thompson Woodworks. Katie joined the business in 2010 as a Design Partner. Together we design and handcraft contemporary furniture and home goods of the highest quality using traditional hand tools and woodworking techniques. We aim to honor the thousands of years old craft of woodworking while implementing our own modern style and technological advances. We believe in taking the time and attention to all details, and believe that each piece should be a one of a kind masterpiece for each client. We want to share and reignite passions for American made crafted furniture, and bring back the glory of "slow furniture," expertly made to last for generations to come.

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

Our workshop is actually the first floor of our home. We designed our 1,400 sq ft. "garage" to be a fully functional and climate controlled shop, complete with a bench area, a private office and a open machinery area. Upstairs our open living area and kitchen double as a gallery space and showroom. Other than our bedrooms, we consider our home to be a "working house" as different features of the home were designed by us to help with our creative business pursuits. We live and work approx. 1 hour from Charleston, SC, in the very, very small agricultural town of Eutawville. We live near Lake Marion, in a Lowcountry swamp that inspires our designs and provides the quiet solitude we often need to focus on our work.

What inspires you?

We're inspired by the great furniture makers that have come before us. Thomas Elf was a fantastic early American furniture maker based out of nearby Charleston, and we're inspired by the fact that his furniture was so well made that we can still enjoy it now several hundred years later. We're inspired by the time tested techniques of woodworking, furniture making, and the wood itself. We're also inspired by those who push boundaries, including their own, to develop new and exciting ideas and designs that use the best of what we already know, to cease something brand new and exciting. Our main inspiration, however, would have to be a passion for quality. We believe that our clients deserve nothing less than the best, and since we aim for our work to outlive us, we won't put anything out there that won't speak to that top level of quality when we're not there to do so ourselves.

What makes your business stand out?

Quality. Originality. Everything we do is inspired by the great makers who paved the way for us, and we take that knowledge and skill they've passed on and incorporate those traditions into our modern designs. Everything we do is handcrafted, from the slight pillowing of our backrests on our chairs to the equally as beautiful finish we put on the underside - yes, UNDER our tables. We go above and beyond to ensure every aspect of every piece is perfectly finished as we believe our clients and customers deserve to have the best quality they can get.

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

Be prepared to work. Talents and knowledge are only useful if you employ them, and you do that by getting your hands dirty and putting in the extra effort to make your ideas and business thrive.

What does American Made mean to you?

American Made means that you can take pride in a quality product, made with strong American hands, ideas, and passions. American Made means you're supporting your neighbors, your local suppliers and makers. American Made means sharing your love for your business or craft and using your talents to support our home and beloved country. American Made is what America stands for.
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