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Furniture store offers ‘tomorrow’s antiques’

Dec. 23, 2012 @ 06:51 PM

HURRICANE — If you need a last-minute Christmas present or are in the market for new bedroom, dining room or living room furniture, you might want to check out Village Heirlooms, located at 3990 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, beside of Putnam County Bank.

Owned and operated by Norman Schrock of Rio Grande, Ohio, the store sells home furnishings built by the Amish.

“They are tomorrow’s antiques,” Schrock said.

Schrock, a third-generation woodworker, was born into an Amish family who later became Mennonites.

“My dad and grandfather were woodworkers. My dad built houses, too. He had his own company,” he said. Shrock has built four different houses for his own family.

“We believed in sweat equity,” he said, smiling. He has also built all of the furniture for the house he shares with his wife, Kathleen.

Although he has sold furniture for about three decades —  first in South Carolina and later in Rio Grande, Ohio — he only opened the Teays Valley store in March 2011. He moved to the current location in December 2011.

“I had a lot of customers from here at Rio Grande. I decided to expand it. We have a different lineup — more oak up there, and cherry and maple here,” he said. One may also order other wood for their furniture such as hickory, walnut and even elm.

Catalogs are available and one will find several different styles of furniture with some names being self explanatory such as the Colonial; Imperial, which has scrolled headboards; Mansion, which has fluted columns; Canterbury (Shaker style of the 1700s); Walnut Grove; or rustic and casual Rosemont with recessed panels, and Crafters Mission. The catalog says, “Made from a renewable hardwood resource, the use of dovetail joinery, mortis and tenon construction.” No hazardous chemicals are used in the stains, Schrock said.

The furniture is tailor-made to fit the customer’s specifications. For example, customers can pick a different style for the legs of the table or they can have their choice of drawer handles. There are also many different styles for chairs.

“We don’t operate like everyone else. It is built to order. It doesn’t come from China,” he said.

When a customer finds the furniture he or she wants, the wood and stain are also selected by the customer.

“People like the fact they can order it and it is made specifically for them and it is not like 500 other people’s order,” he said. Maybe the customer has seen something in a magazine they would like for their own house, such as wall units to hold the television, a fireplace, curios, or bookshelves. The whole wall unit can be done. While most furniture ordered from the catalog takes about six weeks to be built and finished to the customer’s specifications, a complete wall unit will take longer — possibly eight to 10 weeks.  

“We’ll draw it up. Something that is a real custom item will take longer than what we choose out of a catalog,” he said.

In addition to regular home furniture, the shop carries a line of children’s furniture and toys such as beautiful high chairs, rocking chairs, toy boxes and rocking horses and wooden toys.

“We have them in stock,” he said.

Although the store carries few gift items, they do stock a line of candles, quilt hangings made by Schrock’s wife, and wooden plaques with spiritual themes such as “The Lord is my shepherd,” and “Great is thy faithfulness.”

Shrock said he appreciates the way people have welcomed him to the area.    

“We very much enjoy doing business in Teays Valley. People are very friendly and they have welcomed us. It’s been a good place to do business,” he said.

Schrock invites everyone to drop in and look around. Store hours for December are: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

January or winter hours are: Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 304-760-8712.