James+James Cosmetic Standards
James+James is a garage started, locally owned furniture company. James+James tables, desks, swings and beds are hand-built by a small team of local craftsmen at our shop in Arkansas. We also offer a collection of furniture that we source responsibly and hand-finish on site. Additionally, we offer a curated selection of décor items, lighting, furniture, and rugs from across the globe.
Our Cosmetic Standards:
At James+James, we take great pride in each and every piece of solid wood furniture that we sell. The furniture that is handcrafted and finished by our team is built using solid wood that is distressed and has a reclaimed look. Given the handmade and hand-finished nature of the products we craft, variations and imperfections in the wood should be expected and celebrated. Just as every tree is unique, so is every piece of furniture that is handcrafted and hand-finished. Every piece of furniture will have a unique grain pattern and slight color variation.
Other characteristics of handcrafted, solid wood furniture include open knots, visible brush strokes, micro-imperfections and textural variations in the durable, hand brushed finishes, unique distress marks, exposed screws, wood filler marks, joint lines, and distinctive nicks, splits, cracks, and other imperfections. We allow up to approx. 1" of variation across all measurements due to the custom nature of the handcrafted furniture we build. Those who do not appreciate variations and imperfections should not purchase handcrafted furniture.
Solid wood may expand and contract due to changes in temperature and humidity. This means that the gaps between the boards of a traditional table top may get wider over time and need to be cleaned. This natural movement enhances the one of a kind beauty of handcrafted, solid wood furniture. It does not affect structural integrity and is not considered defective. For customers that prefer to never have gaps between their table top boards, we recommend choosing our jointed top option, which eliminates cracks and spaces between the boards in the table top. Jointed tops expand and contract as a whole. You will still see the beautiful and natural open knots on jointed table tops. We do not offer machine manufactured perfection - no two pieces are exactly alike since James+James furniture is handcrafted to your order specifications. We celebrate the true uniqueness of every piece of solid wood furniture that is built and finished by hand in our woodshop.
If you have any questions about our cosmetic standards or solid wood handcrafted furniture, please call 479-633-7557, text, email or comment below. We'd love to help.