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A Sit-down Holiday Affair

A Feast for the Eyes: Setting the Right Atmosphere for the Holidays
A Sit-down Holiday Affair

By Tricia Sizemore

Of all the times of the year, the holidays are a special occasion to get together around the table. For this reason, handcrafted fine-wood furniture makers, ranging from Gat Creek in Berkeley Springs to Probst Furniture Makers in Hamlin, offer a selection of dining tables to match your style during the season and year round.

Dora console table by Probst Furniture Makers in Hamlin For instance, accomplished furniture maker Jim Probst of Probst Furniture Makers offers a blend of Mission and Japanese influenced furniture for a contemporary look. Inspired by his father, a talented wood carver, Probst has since carried on the tradition of woodworking. “My father always built things when I was growing up,” he said. “I hope that the love and attention I put into making each piece of furniture is evident in its grain and glow, and that from the moment it is delivered, a piece of Probst furniture will be a treasured family possession.

“I like visualizing new pieces of furniture and seeing it through completion. It’s the creative process I enjoy most. I see inspiration every day in things around me.”
A self-taught furniture maker, Probst prefers to create items with Appalachian hardwoods, such as cherry, walnut, maple and white oak and use clear finishes to show the natural beauty and color of the wood at its best. One of his lines – the Dora series, named for his grandmother – features graceful curves and lines. According to Probst, the Dora line represents the culmination of all the different styles and influences that he admired over the years. This includes that of the Shakers and Eastern aesthetic. Probst offers other lines, including the Otto series, named after his grandfather, and a new Meander series.