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Henkel Harris was founded in 1945 by the Harris and Henkel families in Virginia. John Harris and Mary and Carroll Hankel set out to make well-crafted, French provincial furniture, and spent years perfecting and honing their craft. Carroll died in the 1960s, leaving Mary to take over the business, bringing the furniture company to fame and recognition. Mary employed craftsmen whom she groomed with educational opportunities, such as offering opportunities to attend night school and learning the techniques of old cabinet-making, whether American Colonial or European. At one time, Mary rented six buses and took the workers to Williamsburg, Virginia, to learn from the craftsmen there. With Mary’s workforce reaching new heights, the production of the company grew. Henkel Harris’s solid wood construction, using mostly wild cherry and old-growth mahogany, only features decorative veneers on dining room tables and buffets. Drawers are dovetailed, cases are pinned with dowels, and fine shellacs and stains finish the pieces. The cost reflects the time and attention to detail each piece requires, and the furniture is crafted with the highest standards; each piece is an investment in your home, made to last for decades to come. Featuring four-post beds, bedroom sets, cabinets, apothecary cabinets, wood dressers, end tables, coffee tables, dining room tables, buffets, credenzas, and more, Henkel Harris is the premier destination for classic furniture built with old-world principles. Mary was the first woman inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame, and the first woman to serve as director of the Southern Furniture Manufacturer’s Association. She was a female pioneer who took the helm of a furniture company – almost unheard of in the ’60s. After Mary’s death in 2013, the Gum family took over the business, and they continue to make French provincial furniture with the highest standards crafted in painstaking detail, adding an easy elegance to your home.