35715 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011
Monday - Friday 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday - 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday - 10 am to 5 pm
Phone: 440 - 937 - 3068
Fax: 440 - 937 - 3069
Amish hand crafted furniture made in Ohio
[Handcrafted furniture store opens in the LaVerne Pickering Home]
By Julie A. Short, Correspondent
Sun News on July 17, 2015
AVON, Ohio -- Driving great distances to find custom-built, solid quality furniture is no longer needed. WoodForest Furniture recently opened in Avon, 35715 Detroit Road, [adjacent to the west side of Pickering Hill Farms].
WoodForest Furniture offers Amish handcrafted furniture that is made in Ohio. More than 80 hand-picked builders are featured at the store which is housed in an historic [cenury] home.
Gary Moyse has been in the furniture industry for more than 50 years. He first worked as a furniture mover and witnessed many different furniture items in the market place. He watched moving crews go out and could see some items that would not withstand a move from state to state because of the way the furniture was built. During that time, he learned about the construction of furniture and the quality of how it was made.
"I ended up opening my own household and piano moving business in Parma," he said. "I also worked for Ethan Allen when the furniture was made in the states. Now it is all imports."
"About 25 years ago I got an idea to sell some furniture and open a store along with my moving business. I went to Amish country from one builder to another to see who builds tables, who builds chairs, etc."
"The Amish went from farming to ... building furniture as it is a more lucrative business for them ... The difference with us, from the big box stores, is ours is all customized. Not only can we build in one style and shape, but we can build to your needs. That's what we specialize in. We also do a heavier grain finish which is a catalyzed finish which is a closed-grained finish resistant to scuffs, abrasions, nail polish, water, etc."
Moyse retired from the furniture business 10 years ago but now, at 65-years-old, he is coming back into the business. He found the location after meeting at his accountant's office down Detroit Road. The historic home sat vacant for many years.
"I met with the owner of this house and I said I would commit to you if you would get this house back in shape," said Moyse. "The home was built around the late 1920s. The Pickering Family, who own the farm next door and this property, built this house and Jay Pickering's grandfather lived in it for many years.
Everyone that comes in this house comments how they would love to live in this house, including myself. It speaks to the character of our furniture. It's homier than a big box store."
"Getting married or having a baby or no someone that is? WoodForest Furniture offers a wedding and baby registry for furniture."
"Other items available at the store include outdoor furniture and custom-built Adirondack chairs, kitchen tables, dining room tables, sofas, chairs, stools, dressers, mattresses, lighting, accessories and playground sets. All drawers have full extension guides with clearance all around and are dovetailed. The outdoor furniture is maintenance free, comfortable and durable made with stainless steel screws. Any items in the store can be changed to fit customer needs."
"I like to offer a product that not everybody offers," he said. "The Amish will sell to you at retail, and so will I, but our retail is actually less than their retail. We do our own deliveries and set up. We keep the overhead down. People often mistake Amish for all 'country,' but we do modern furniture as well at the best price."
WoodForest Furniture is offering free delivery for a limited time for customers within a 20-mile radius. For more information, log on to
or call 440-937-3068.