At Jasper Chair, it's important we intimately know where our wood comes from. We purchase over two million board feet each year of the finest Northern Grown Red Oak and Hard Maple lumber harvested right here in the United States. We source from responsible foresters located in our Midwestern backyard to ensure quality and availability. The lumber is tenaciously graded, sorted and stacked to be properly dried in one of three air-dry facilities on our grounds. This, we believe, is the key to providing furniture that lasts a lifetime. Some lumber may be required to air-dry for as long as a year. Many manufacturers bypass this integral process relying on faster methods or purchasing dried lumber. Here at Jasper Chair, we pledge to not use any inferior components in our furniture, starting with the rawest of our raw materials.
A large portion of our chair designs utilize steam bent solid wood. Steam bending is a lost art in which solid lumber is saturated with steam until the wood fibers are pliable for bending. A labor intensive and costly process many manufacturers have traded for higher profits, steam bending offers no substitute. It is the only process that truly allows chair components to retain their shape, providing tremendous strength and long lasting performance.
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