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As you gaze out the window to see the beautiful trees around you on the backroads near Millersburg, you start to think about how this beauty can be translated first into a piece of wood and then into a beautiful piece of furniture for your home. This process of transformation could not be more seamless than it is at Jake's Handcrafted Oak. Now entering into their 21st year in business, Jake and Millie Chupp continue to work directly with their customers to bring them furniture that will satisfy both their aesthetic and functional needs.
This year will also mark Jake and Millie's 40th wedding anniversary, and the two have truly enjoyed working together. When they conceptualize a piece, Millie is often the one to find inspiration for the design.
"It just comes from her, and she comes up with better ideas than me" added Jake. "There was one piece we did, a huge bed for a customer in South Carolina. The piece was 8.5 feet tall with lots of extra details and it turned out really nice."
Prior to his start in the field of furniture, Jake worked in a feed mill. A good friend of his that had been making tables and chairs told Jake that he might do well in the business.
In addition to the pieces for sale in their storefront facility, clients at Jake's Handcrafted Oak can also have exactly what they want when it comes to the size, design, stain color and fabric selection for their furniture.
Spring and Fall are some of the busiest times of year for Jake and Millie. Their next big sale at the store will be in October, but it's always good to stop in and see what's currently available and what new designs they have in the works.
Jake's Handcrafted Oak also offers Mission, Shaker and Traditional furniture. Jake notes that the more rustic style of furniture has stayed fairly popular over the past year and live edge pieces have become more appealing, particularly for table designs.
With the ability to ship pieces all over the country and into Canada, they have developed relationships with buyers from near and far. Many of their clients come from around Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio and while they mainly design furniture for residential homes, they have also done work for a restaurant and some offices.
Knowing that taste will be different from person to person, Jake and Millie take the time to listen and get to know each customer before they get started on a design. From the beginning, they ask the right questions to determine the perfect type of hardwood for the piece, be it oak, cherry, maple, walnut, quarter sawn white oak, elm or ash.
In their free time Jake and Millie enjoy the outdoors and spending time with their family. This year they have been grateful for the milder winter (and haven't we all).
The easiest way to get started on your next piece of handcrafted oak is to give Jake a call or stop by. Their store is located at 8239 TR 562 in Holmesville, Ohio and they can be reached at 330-695-5090. Regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and they are closed on Sundays.