Communal Craft was born out of frustration—a frustration that products today are built to last a year, not a lifetime; a frustration that too many companies use materials that save money and maximize production, not ensure longevity and sustainability; and a frustration that the trades that built this country have been moved overseas or disappeared altogether.
Communal Craft seeks to reconnect the builder with their process. From the way in which we manufacture our goods, to the personalization and experience that accompanies every item we sell, Communal Craft aspires to be different.
All of our goods are handcrafted in our studio in New York city. We don’t use power tools, not because it is the easiest thing to do, nor the fastest, but because we believe in the methods used for centuries—methods that help us feel connected to everything we produce.
Each of our pieces is handcrafted in our studio in New York City. Every item is made entirely of hardwood and/or metal--you won't find particle board, or veneer anywhere in our studio. Furniture should be made to last generations, not one-two years.
All of our woods are air dried for equilibration prior to use. We prefer to use natural oils and protectants whenever possible. If a heartier finish is required, we are happy to talk through the various options available.
Each of our pieces is crafted using locally-sourced, salvaged wood. This means that every item we produce comes from a tree that was cut due to disease or storm. All woods are domestic, and most woods come to us from within 250 miles of New York City (while some arrive from as far as Maine and Vermont).
Upon the completion of each piece, we plant a tree for good karma.