Gat Creek Quality Features
Solid American Made Furniture
The Gat Creek story starts with a man named Tom Seely, a WWII veteran, who began selling antique furniture after returning from the war. In the mid-1950’s he opened a furniture restoration and repair business in Berkeley Springs, WV. As the demand for antique furniture was outstripping supply, Tom began to manufacture carefully crafted solid wood reproductions. In 1996, 29-year-old business school graduate and West Virginia native, Gat Caperton, purchased the company from Mr. Seely who was retiring after 40 years in business. While Gat has updated equipment and many of the furniture designs, his company has remained true to the original founder’s commitment to handcrafting, quality solid wood furniture in America.
About Gat Creek Furniture
Gat Creek Furniture is made to order from your choice of solid Appalachian Cherry, Maple or Ash hardwoods. Each piece is hand signed by the craftsman who makes it specifically for you.
All Gat Creek Furniture is bench made using traditional woodworking techniques such as dovetails, mortise and tenon and corner blocked for stability. Joints are glued and assembled by hand and any screws are for reinforcement only.
Hand Sanded & Stained
Gat Creek furniture is sanded and stained by hand to bring out the best in each individual piece of wood and its unique grain pattern.
All drawers feature a solid ash drawer box that is dovetailed in front and back and fully integrated with the solid wood drawer front of Cherry, Maple or Ash. Drawers feature a smooth operating, under-mount, self-closing metal glide system.
Gat Creek pedestal and trestle tables feature easy-open geared glides. Storing leaves are available on double pedestal and trestle tables; single pedestal leaves cannot self-store.
The Clark Trestle Table features a storing butterfly leaf with ball bearing glides for the ultimate in easy-to-open and store extension leaves.
Each Gat Creek table is protected with a catalyzed lacquer that holds up to most household liquids, from water to wine. No waxing or oiling needed…just a soft rag to wipe off spills. Any small puddle of water missed usually fully evaporates before damaging the table. However, use a coaster or other protective padding with hot dishes or cold beverages to prevent damage and scratching.