Oak logs are bought on site from local loggers and then milled at Troutman Chair's own sawmill making us one of the last vertically integrated furniture manufacturers in the United States. The wood is cut to dimension, stacked, and dried. Due to the nature of construction no glue is to be found in a Troutman product.
Purchasing and milling our own lumber allows us to utilize a time-honored technique called "swelled joint construction". Swelled joint construction is a technique of furniture construction borrowed from Shaker design. Moisture content in the lumber is closely monitored, when at the right point the wood is made into base pieces. Larger posts (front and back posts) have a higher moisture content than the smaller posts (rungs). With the variance in moisture content, the small posts swell as they absorb moisture from the larger posts and the larger posts shrink as they lose moisture to smaller parts making a much tighter fit than if they had been glued. A Troutman chair will get tighter over time.
Another Shaker construction technique rarely used in today's manufacturing processes is "interlocking joinery". The front frame and back frame of the chairs and rockers are assembled separately. When these two parts are clamped together, the boring on each frame notches the dowel on the front post and back post making it near impossible for the front assembly or the back assembly to be pulled apart. Using swelled joint construction and interlocking joinery assures our customers the furniture they purchase is built for lifetimes of use.
In a time when a good deal of furniture manufacturing is being done overseas, the Lands feel a sense of pride in knowing that they are seeing to the continuation of a true southern tradition; promoting rocking on the porch and manufacturing rockers the time honored quality way of old master craftsman.
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Troutman Chair Company, established in 1924, has been family owned since its inception. The Brown family of Troutman, North Carolina is responsible for maintaining the quality manufacturing processes for almost three-quarters of a century.
In 1999, Champ and Jean Land purchased Troutman Chair with the intent of continuing the tradition of handcrafting oak rockers, chairs, and stools in a manner established in back in 1924. Farm house shaker-style chairs, rockers, stools, juvenile chairs, and tables have been the mainstay for seventy-nine years. Items were solid oak, delivered unfinished or with a varnish finish as it is today. Troutman Chair has used their own delivery trucks starting with a 1925 Model T Ford Truck to modern Ford Trucks.
Since 1999 the Lands have made few changes to the Troutman Chair business and products. The goal in purchasing a company already manufacturing the best product in its category and enjoying a near perfect reputation was to merely enhance the best and offer it to the rest of the country. (Troutman products were historically sold only in the southeast.) Some of the changes are as follows:
One thing the Lands noticed was that brand recognition was practically nonexistent. Most people have no idea who manufacturers the rockers they buy or the difference between the companies who make them. The Lands set about trying to change that by:
In a time when a good deal of furniture manufacturing is being done overseas, the Lands feel a sense of pride in knowing that they are seeing to the continuation of a true southern tradition; promoting rocking on the porch and manufacturing rockers the time honored quality way of old master craftsman. Right here in the U.S.A.