G. Keener & Co.
We are proud to create pieces of furniture using traditional joinery and hand-rubbed finishes.
Each piece is bench-made by one craftsman from start to finish using solid American Hardwoods.
When you purchase a piece of our furniture, you are making an investment that will only increase in value and beauty.
G. Keener & Co. Furniture came into existence in the summer of 2000. Although the company itself is young, the formation started years before that.
The owner and craftsman, Gary Keener, enjoyed woodworking since he was a small boy. Pounding nails into anything he could get his hands on. Sometimes this got him into a little bit of trouble, but mostly it was appreciated.
His potential was realized and refined a little as he entered high school and enrolled in Industrial Arts classes.
The program was excellent and the instructor stressed fine joinery and quality finishes. As Gary entered college he decided he would take his love for woodworking and desire to work with people and become a teacher. He felt that passing on this passion to others would enhance society. He finished his degree and obtained a teaching position at a High School in Sandusky, Ohio teaching woodworking and drafting. While teaching, he began making furniture on the side for others in the community.
Gary really enjoyed providing great furniture at a good value to others. Most of all he loved to see satisfied customers and the treasured the relationships that were made through the process.
The love and desire to do this as a career propelled him forward into the next phase of this process. He and his wife decided that they would give a business a try, but first Gary felt that he needed some more instruction and marketing experience.
He resigned from teaching and obtained a apprenticeship position with the well known furniture maker M.T. Maxwell in Bedford, Virginia. He studied under Maxwell for a year where he refined his woodworking skills, designed his first line of furniture, made a catalogue, and participated in the Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishings Show, all as an apprentice.
At the show in 2000 he helped M.T. Maxwell win the apprenticeship award given by the show.
After completing his apprenticeship he and his wife moved back to Ohio where they bought an 1840′s farmhouse and some land to build his new workshop. He worked out of his two car garage for 6 months while his new building was being built. In January of 2001 he finally got into his new shop and he was a much happier person as his wife attested.
Contact the Shop: (937) 846-1210 and visit the website www.gkeenerco.com