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Caperton Furnitureworks

Caperton Furnitureworks: Old-fashioned Success

Specializes in antique reproductions
Handcrafts each piece of furniture, often using 19th woodworking techniques
Contracts with individual workshops, many owned by Amish and Mennonite families
Hand-builds half of furniture in West Virginia
Works exclusively with solid wood

In 1996, Gat Caperton purchased a small furniture manufacturer named Tom Seely Furniture, a company that had for 40 years handcrafted antique reproductions from solid wood. Today, under the leadership of Caperton, the company, now named Caperton Furnitureworks, continues to provide top-quality, handcrafted pieces that showcase the individual craftsmanship that was the trademark of Tom Seely Furniture. Caperton Furnitureworks features three lines: "Tom Seely Furniture," specializing in antique reproductions as well as the "GatCreek" line and "The Joe Ruggiero Collection."

Half of all the company’s furniture is built in West Virginia. To fill the other half of the company’s needs, Caperton Furnitureworks contracts with more than 25 individual workshops in Ohio and Pennsylvania to build the antique reproductions the company is famous for. Many of these workshops are owned by Amish and Mennonite families, who continue to utilize woodworking techniques from the 19th century.

Because Caperton Furnitureworks continues to make furniture the old-fashioned way the company has become a 21st century success story.