Bob Erickson built his shop in 1973 using lumber from trees cut on his property and taken to a local sawmill for milling. Located in a forest of pine, oak and madrone, the shop is heated with a woodburning stove and it’s electricity comes from a large solar array backed up by a diesel generator. Solar energy provides 80% of the shop’s needs.
Three skilled craftsmen work along Erickson in his shop, turning out a total of 75 pieces a year. Each person brings a distinct approach to the job, which adds to the overall quality of each handmade chair.
Erickson spends about two months each year designing new pieces of furniture and making prototypes and the rest of the time working on orders.
In 2012 Robert’s son, Tor, stepped in to help grow the business, improve shop processes and to develop new designs.