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Thomas William Furniture - The Business Of Craft
Tom and Linda Dumke operate a small successful craft business, Thomas William Furniture out of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
Thomas William Furniture genuine beauty, ageless design and handcrafted in select American hardwoods, with a few select exotic, sustainably harvested and milled add to the exquisiteness of each piece. The company employs two people, Tom, the furniture maker in a 975-square-foot workshop and his wife Linda, in sales, administration and other areas. Linda emphasizes the importance of Fine Art/Craft shows, combined with working with galleries, interiors designers as well as marketing and selling on social media. “Our furniture really benefits from being seen and felt,” Linda says. “Fine Art/Craft shows have significant rewards in terms of converting people who like our product into customers.”
Linda feels the furniture’s "modern with a traditional flare" is integral to its appeal. Each piece is handmade by Tom, start to finish, including a signature. “The human element adds significant value to the products. Furniture created by hand has value. People today care about where their purchases come from, how they were made, what their dollars are supporting,”