Floyd County furniture makers secured locally-harvested cherry, walnut, or maple lumber as a rule. Our collection includes examples of tables, beds, chests, and chairs. While utilitarian, individual pieces represent both their makers’ craft and their appreciation of the materials used. The slight curve in a chair back and bureau drawers inlaid with contrasting light and dark woods visually enrich the simplicity and straightforward lines of these objects.

These Rufus Duncan chairs came from an estate sale in the Copper Valley community. With seats woven from hickory strips and baler twine, these lightweight but durable chairs could easily be carried from the kitchen table to the front porch to accommodate company.