Historic Techniques Evolved into Contemporary Designs
Furniture making in New Mexico is a centuries old tradition that dates back to when the first European settlers arrived in the area in the 1600s. By combining old world techniques with native materials and design influences, a style was created that became uniquely New Mexican. That is not to say that this style remained stagnant, however, as over the years, Furniture Makers in New Mexico have continually incorporated new and old design elements into their work, leading to furniture styling that has evolved alongside the state in which it was produced.
At Ernest Thompson, we are proud to be stewards of furniture making in New Mexico, and to continue a tradition laid down by our state’s original craftsmen. By applying some of the same artisanal techniques that have been utilized in traditional New Mexican furniture making processes for centuries, and combining them with modern technology and design methods, we not only carry on traditions, but help them evolve into a process that yields quality, one-of-a-kind furniture, tailored exactly to your wants and needs.
With one visit to our Albuquerque workshop, the Ernest Thompson difference becomes clear. Never will you see automated assembly lines of machines churning out pre-set designs by the thousands. Instead, you will be greeted by the smell of wood, the sounds of hand tooling, and the sight of a team of artisans working by hand to craft furniture to our customer’s exact specifications. In fact, we build each and every Ernest Thompson product “to order,” meaning your product is made specifically for you. Although you can always choose one of our classic standard pieces, if you have a custom design idea which you’d like turned into a new piece of furniture, our designers will work with you to come up with a piece that precisely meets your wants to bring your vision to life. This all amounts to a customization process that is truly unique in the modern day, with products made to fit our customers, and not the other way around.
We invite you to stop by our showroom to see, feel and experience the difference hand crafting furniture makes towards the finished product, and to work with us so we can begin creating your next piece of hand-tailored furniture.