On Mon, 11 Jul 2005 02:13:58 -0500, the opaque Prometheus
Call Ashley and ask them what percentage of their stock is still made
here. IF they answer your question, I'll bet it's less than half. Yes,
there are still a few furnituremakers on the East Coast, too, but
couches, tables, and chairs are commodity items now. Check around and
you'll see what I mean.
- Tom Mix Died For Your Sins -
Hmmm. It's long-distance, and I don't care that much- I just know
that they're always looking for more manufacturing personnel, and they
already employ a lot of folks in the area. There are a number of
places like that around my area- like I said in another thread at some
point, if people know they have to look their neighbors in the eye at
the end of the day, most folks are pretty decent. Arcadia is a small
You can look at their website, if you like.
Looks like they've got eight factories in the US, and one in Brazil-
but no jobs listed for Brazil. If it's anything like the place I work
for, it's probably just a South American JIT hub with a couple of
forklift drivers and a sales rep.
According to them, they're the second-largest furniture maker in the
world, if that's true, it'd be awfully tough to claim that
furniture-manufacturing is done for in the states.
If you live in a area with a Japanese community chances are they would
have some kind of dept. store that sells cheap Japanese furniture. But
remember that cheap Japanese furniture is the same as cheap American,
French, Italian, and Scandinavian furniture....it's cheap! If you ever
get the chance to inspect a real tansu made by craftsmen in Japan
you'll see the difference. It's like the diff between a nice office
desk made by craftsmen and one bought at Kmart and put together at
home...some how the doors don't line up, the drawers don't slide quite
right, the particleboard shelf will start sagging...
I understand you're a poor student who can't afford nice furniture...I
almost in the same boat. I'm not a student, but I'm poor...so I
decided to learn how to make my own furniture...furniture that's
better than the crap you buy at Target and Kmart, and not all that
more expensive if you use cheap wood. I use hand tools a lot, though I
do have a few power tools.
You could start off by making a small tansu and when you get better
you can make bigger ones to match what you need. You don't have to get
fancy either. Screw and glue joinery for starts is okay. When you get
better you can move on to mortise & tenon and dovetail joints...
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