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The list below offers a selection of artists and makers, from joiners and cabinetmakers to large manufacturers, working in Massachusetts since 1620.


  • Adams, Nehemiah, cabinetmaker, 1769 - 1840, Salem, MA.
  • Allen Chair Company, manufacturer, 1906 - 1956, West Concord, MA.
  • Allis, John, joiner, 1642 - 1691, Braintree and Hatfield, MA.
  • Althin, Olof, cabinetmaker, 1859 - 1920, Boston, MA.
  • Archbald, George, cabinetmaker, active 1813 - 1834, Boston, MA.
  • Bacon, Francis H., designer. manfacturer, 1856 - 1940, Boston, MA.
  • Badlam, Elijah, cabinetmaker, 1752 - 1825, Salem, MA.
  • Badlam, Stephen, cabinetmaker, 1751 - 1815, Lower Dorchester Mills, MA.
  • Bagnall, Benjamin, clockmaker, 1689 - 1773, Boston, MA.
  • Bailey II, John, clockmaker, 1751 - 1823, Hanover, MA.
  • Barnard, Julius, cabinetmaker, 1769 - ca. 1820, Northampton, MA.
  • Bedortha, Calvin, Windsor chairmaker, 1774 - 1853, Agawam, MA.
  • Belden, Sr., Samuel, carpenter, ca. 1625 - 1713, Hatfield, MA.
  • Bennett, Cotton, cabinetmaker, 1786 - 1859, Beverly, MA.
  • Bent, S., and Co., chairmaker, 1867 - 1901, Gardner, MA.
  • Bernie and Phyls, retailer, 1983 - , Various locations.
  • Bertelsen, Svend Iver, designer, active ca. 1846 - , Millbury, MA.
  • Bliss, Peletiah, cabinetmaker, 1770 - 1826, Springfield, MA.
  • Bob's Discount Furniture, retailer, 1991 - , Various locations.
  • Boston Chair Company, chairmaker, active ca. 1870 - , Boston, MA.
  • Bowen, Nathan, cabinetmaker, 1752 - 1837, Marblehead, MA.
  • Brigham, Jr., Ezekiel, cabinetmaker, 1789 - 1848, Grafton, MA.
  • Bright, George, cabinetmaker, 1727 - 1805, Boston, MA.
  • Brocas, Sr., John, cabinetmaker, - 1740, Boston, MA.
  • Chapin, Justin, Windsor chairmaker, active 1803 - 1810, West Springfield, MA.
  • Charak Furniture Co., manufacturer, active ca. 1904 - , Boston, MA.
  • Clay, Daniel, cabinetmaker, 1770 - 1848, Greenfield, MA.
  • Cogswell, John, cabinetmaker, 1738 - 1818, Boston, MA.
  • Coit, Job, cabinetmaker, 1692 - 1742, Boston, MA.
  • Columbia Manufacturing, Inc., manufacturer (maker of school furniture starting in 1952), 1877 - , Westfield, MA .
  • Conant-Ball Co., chairmaker, 1852 - ca. 1990, Gardner, MA.
  • Cook, Sr., Aaron, joiner, 1641 - 1690, Northampton, MA.
  • Croome, George, cabinetmaker, active 1845 - ca. 1880, Boston, MA.
  • Crosman, Robert, painter, 1707 - 1799, Taunton, MA.
  • Damon, Jr., John, cabinetmaker, 1679 - , Boston, MA.
  • Davenport, A.H., and Co., manufacturer, 1880 - 1916, Cambridge, MA.
  • Davis, Robert, japanner, - 1739, Boston, MA.
  • Dennis, Thomas, joiner, 1638 - 1706, Ipswich, MA.
  • Derby, P., and Co., manufacturer, 1880 - 1915, Gardner, MA.
  • DeWolfe, Jr., Elisha, cabinetmaker, house joiner, 1772 - 1855, Conway and Ashfield, MA.
  • Dodge Furniture Co., manufacrurer, 1841 - , Manchester, MA.
  • Doe, Hazelton, and Co., manufacturer, active ca. 1840 - ca. 1860, Boston, MA.
  • Doggett, John, framemaker, 1780 - 1857, Roxbury, MA.
  • Edsall, Thomas, turner, 1588 - 1676, Boston, MA.
  • Eldred Wheeler, manufacturer, 1979 - , Hanover, MA.
  • Eliaers, Auguste, cabinetmaker, active 1853 - 1865, Boston, MA.
  • Ellis, John A., cabinetmaker, active ca. 1850 - , East Cambridge, MA.
  • Emery, John, joiner, - 1683, Newbury, MA.
  • Emmons, Thomas, cabinetmaker, - 1825, Boston, MA.
  • Fitch, Thomas, upholsterer, 1669 - 1736, Boston, MA.
  • Fitts, George, cabinetmaker, 1785 - 1866, Athol, MA.
  • Frothingham, Jr., Benjamin, cabinetmaker, 1734 - 1809, Charlestown, MA.
  • Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, school, ca. 2000 - , Beverly, MA.
  • Furniture Society, national organization, 1996 - .
  • Gavet, Jonathan, cabinetmaker, 1761 - 1806, Salem, MA.
  • Gaylord, Jr., Samuel, cabinetmaker, 1741 - 1816, Hadley, MA.
  • Gendrot, Felix A., cabinetmaker, active 1853 - ca. 1875, Boston, MA.
  • Goldman, Paul R., designer, 1912 - 2003, Lawrence, MA.
  • Gomez-Ibanez, Miguel, studio furniture maker, 1949 - , Boston, MA.
  • Goodrich, Ansel, Windsor chair maker, ca. 1773 - 1803, Northampton, MA.
  • Gould, Nathaniel, cabinetmaker, 1734 - 1781, Salem, MA.
  • Gragg, Samuel, chairmaker, 1772 - 1855, Boston, MA.
  • Grant, Samuel, upholsterer, ca. 1705 - 1784, Boston, MA.
  • Grant, Erastus, cabinetmaker, 1769 - ca. 1820, Northampton, MA.
  • Gregory, Mary, studio furniture maker, 1914 - , Lincoln, MA.
  • Guild, Israel, cabinetmaker, 1767 - ca. 1831, Conway, MA.
  • Hartshore, Ebenezer, cabinetmaker, 1690 - 1781, Charlestown, MA.
  • Hazen, Frederick Stedman, marquetry woodworker, 1829 - 1908, Springfield, MA.
  • Hennessey, Edward, cottage furniture maker, active ca. 1836 - ca. 1859, Boston, MA.
  • Heywood Brothers and-Wakefield Co., manufacturer, 1897 - , Gardner, MA.
  • Hixon, Edward, cabinetmaker, active ca. 1850 - , Boston, MA.
  • Holmes, Nathaniel, joiner, 1703 - 1774, Boston, MA.
  • Hook, William, cabinetmaker, 1777 - 1867, Salem, MA.
  • Hook, George, organ makers, 1805 - 1881, Salem and Boston, MA.
  • Hosmer, Joseph, cabinetmaker, 1735 - 1821, Concord, MA.
  • Houghton, John, joiner, 1624 - 1684, Dedham, Lancaster, and Charlestown, MA.
  • How, Bates, cabinetmaker, 1776 - , New Marlborough, MA.
  • Howard, Ebenezer, cabinetmaker, 1781 - 1854, Sturbridge, MA.
  • Irving and Casson--A. H. Davenport, manufacturer, 1916 - ca. 1970, Boston, MA.
  • Jaques, Stephen, joiner, 1661 - ca. 1719, Newbury, MA.
  • Johnston, Sr., Thomas, japaner, painter, engraver, looking-glass seller, 1708 - 1767, Boston, MA.
  • Jordan Marsh and Co., retailer, 1851 - , Various locations.
  • Jordan's Furniture, retailer, 1918 - , Various locations.
  • Judd, David, cabinetmaker, - 1828, Northampton, MA.
  • Kaplan, Isaac, founder of Kaplan Furniture Co., active ca. 1905 - 1972, Cambridge, MA.
  • Kaplan Furniture Co., manufacturer, 1905 - 1972, Cambridge, MA.
  • Kimball and Sargent, Partnership of Abraham Kimball (1795-1850) and Winthrop Sargent, active 1821 - ca. 1842, Salem, MA.
  • Kirchmayer, Johannes, carver, 1860 - 1930.
  • Kopf, Silas, studio furniture maker, 1949 - , Northampton, MA.
  • Langdon, Paul, cabinetmaker, 1695 - 1751, Northampton, MA.
  • Lloyd, William, cabinetmaker, 1779 - 1845, Springfield, MA.
  • Lombard, Nathan, cabinetmaker, 1777 - 1847, Sutton, MA.
  • Lombard, F.W., Co., manufacturer, 1898 - , Ashburnham, MA.
  • Martin, Ebenezer, cabinetmaker, ca. 1735 - 1800, Marblehead, MA.
  • Mason, Ralph, joiner, 1599 - ca. 1678, Boston, MA.
  • Mather, William, cabinetmaker, house joiner, 1766 - 1835, Whately, MA.
  • Maverick, John, cabinetmaker, 1687 - , Boston, MA.
  • McIntire, Samuel, architect, carver, 1757 - 1811, Salem, MA.
  • McKie, Judy Kensley, studio furniture maker, 1944 - , Boston, MA.
  • McNutt, John J., proprietor of J.J. McNutt Novelty Wood Works, 1822 - 1894, Boston, MA.
  • Messinger, Henry, joiner, - 1681, Boston, MA.
  • Munn III, Benjamin, cabinetmaker, 1738 - 1824, Deerfield, MA.
  • Munroe, William, cabinetmaker, pencil maker, 1778 - 1861, Concord, MA.
  • National Chair Co., manufacturer, active ca. 1930 - , Boston, MA.
  • National Furniture Co., manufacturer, active ca. 1930 - , Roxbury, MA.
  • National Reed Furniture Co., manufacturer, 1925 - 1982, Gardner, MA.
  • Nichols and Stone Co., manufacturer, 1894 - , Gardner, MA.
  • North Bennet Street School, school, 1885 - , Boston, MA.
  • Nutting, Wallace, author, manufacturer, photographer, etc., 1861 - 1941.
  • Oedel, Richard, studio furniture maker, 1954 - , Boston, MA.
  • Old America Co., manufacturer, publisher, , Framingham, MA.
  • Paine Furniture Co., manufacturer, retailer, ca. 1835 - ca. 2000, Boston, MA.
  • Penniman, John Ritto, ornamental painter, 1782 - 1841, Boston, MA.
  • Pimm, John, cabinetmaker, - 1773, Boston, MA.
  • Pitman, Mark, cabinetmaker, 1779 - 1829, Salem, MA.
  • Plymold Corp., manufacturer, active ca. 1946 - 1947, Lawrence, MA.
  • Pomeroy, Simeon, cabinetmaker, 1725 - 1812, Northampton and Amherst, MA.
  • Porter, Sr., Samuel, joiner, - 1689, Hadley, MA.
  • Randle, William, japanner, - 1739, Boston, MA.
  • Richardon, Henry Hobson, architect, 1838 - 1886, Boston, MA.
  • Rotman's, retailer, ca. 1964 - , Worcester, MA.
  • Ryerson, Mitch, studio furniture maker, 1955 - , Boston, MA.
  • Sanderson, Jacob, cabinetmaker, ca. 1758 - 1810, Salem, MA.
  • Searle, William, joiner, 1634 - 1667, Ipswich, MA.
  • Seymour, John, cabinetmaker, 1738 - 1818, Boston, MA.
  • Seymour, Thomas, cabinetmaker, 1771 - 1848, Boston, MA.
  • Short, Charles, cabinetmaker, 1792 - , Newburyport, MA.
  • Short, Joseph, carpenter, cabinetmaker, 1771 - 1819, Newburyport, MA.
  • Sibley, Solomon, cabinetmaker, 1769 - 1856, Ward (Auburn), MA.
  • Simmons Furniture Company, manufacturer, 1879 - , Adams, MA.
  • Skillin, John, carver, 1746 - 1800, Boston, MA.
  • Skillin, Jr., Simeon, carver, 1757 - 1806, Boston, MA.
  • Smallwood, Edwin A., cabinetmaker, 1825 - , Boston, MA.
  • Smith, Eliakim, cabinetmaker, 1735 - 1775, Springfield and Hadley, MA.
  • Smith, Jr., Jonathan, cabinetmaker, 1770 - ca. 1820, Conway, MA.
  • Society of American Period Furniture Makers, national organization, 2000 - .
  • Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, society, 1897 - , Boston, MA.
  • Spooner, Alden, cabinetmaker, 1784 - 1877, Athol, MA.
  • Steelcraft, Inc., manufacturer, 1946 - , Millbury, MA.
  • Swift, Reuben, cabinetmaker, 1780 - 1843, New Bedford, MA.
  • Symonds, John, joiner, ca. 1595 - 1671, Salem, MA.
  • Symonds, James, joiner, 1633 - 1714, Salem, MA.
  • Symonds, Samuel, joiner, 1638 - 1722, Salem, MA.
  • Taylor, John, joiner, - 1683, Cambridge, MA.
  • Thomas, George, cabinetmaker, 1689 - , Boston, MA.
  • Thurston, John, joiner, 1607 - 1685, Dedham, Medfield, MA.
  • Tilden, Joseph, joiner, 1657 - 1712, South Scituate, MA.
  • Tillotson, Harvey, cabinetmaker, 1784 - 1813, Northampton, MA.
  • Tinkham II, Ephraim, chairmaker, 1649 - 1713, Plymouth, MA.
  • Vaill, E.W., patent chair manufacturer, active 1861 - 1892, Worcester, MA.
  • Van Benten, Joseph, custom woodworker, 1952 - , Brookline, MA.
  • Vose, Jr., Isaac, cabinetmaker, 1794 - 1872, Boston, MA.
  • Vose, Sr., Isaac, cabinetmaker, 1767 - 1823, Boston, MA.
  • Wakefield, Cyrus, Rattan manufacturer, 1811 - 1873, South Reading, MA.
  • Watson, Abraham, cabinetmaker, 1712 - 1790, Salem, MA.
  • Welch, John, carver, 1711 - 1789, Boston, MA.
  • White, Abiel, cabinetmaker, 1766 - 1844, Weymouth, MA.
  • White, Cotton, cabinetmaker, ca. 1774 - 1826, Hatfield, MA.
  • Whittlesey, Stephen, studio furniture maker, 1938 - , Norwood, MA.
  • Wight, Oliver, cabinetmaker, 1765 - 1837, Sturbridge, MA.
  • Willard, Simon, clockmaker, 1753 - 1818, Roxbury, MA.
  • Willard, Aaron, clockmaker, 1757 - 1844, Roxbury, MA.
  • Willey, Calvin, cabinetmaker, 1769 - , Lenox, MA.
  • Winslow, Kenelm, joiner, 1599 - 1672, Plymouth, MA.
  • Worcester Center for Crafts, school, 1856 - , Worcester, MA.