WHAT WE DO
If we had to provide a label for our products, we would say it’s "Modern Industrial with a touch of Country Flair”.
The team at Chestnut Forge and Furniture use reclaimed lumber and hand forged steel to create high quality, handcrafted pieces. Creative designs include gates, chalk boards, tables, stools, lighting, signs and many others items for both commercial and residential.
Creative minds paired with a knowledge and skill, allows Owner Craig Stanfield and his team to make a wide variety of both functional and artistic creations. Each product design is carefully thought out and handcrafted with local community as their number one inspiration!
DEBBI STANFIELD - C0-OWNER/CFO
When Craig and Debbi decided to leave South Florida after retirement, they both dreamed of living on a big piece of land. They found the property in 2007 in Rutherfordton, NC, built their farm and moved there full time in 2013. Debbi told Craig that even though he had retired, he was too young and should still work! She knew he was creative and had too much talent and skill to retire and do nothing. Luckily for their customers, Craig agree and they have never been busier or happier. Debbi spends her time caring for her 19 Angora goats, 2 horses, 5 dogs and a multitude of cats while also running their storefront Marketplace Store that offers the newest trends in farmhouse decor and features other local crafters as well as souvenirs straight from the forge.
CRAIG STANFIELD - OWNER/MASTER CRAFTSMAN
Retired Firefighter, North Carolina Blacksmith and Master Craftsman, Craig Stanfield uses reclaimed lumber and hand forged steel to create masterfully crafted pieces from elegant tables to rustic case goods. Retired from The Town of Palm Beach Fire Department, Craig was once featured in an advertisement for a plasma cutter because he had used it to free a child’s hand from a soda vending machine. Maybe all those years fighting fires has led him to blacksmithing by allowing him to use the power of the flame to create rather than destroy.
PHILLIP MCBRAYER - MASTER CARPENTER
Phillip was born and raised in Rutherfordton NC. He woke up one morning at the age of 12 and caught a woodworking program on TV that really captured his attention. After that, he was hooked. He started asking for tools for Christmas instead of toys. By 14, he had his own small woodshop. He started to create small wooden gifts for family and friends. Then after graduating high school he went to work with a local contractor building homes, which led him to meet Craig . While building his house they quickly became friends and that later turned into a job opportunity for Phillip as a carpenter at Chestnut Forge and Furniture. He loves his job and likes the challenges of new projects.
CORY STANFIELD - METALSMITH
Cory began his journey as a welder in Junior high during shop class. Through his various positions in the oilfield for 10 years, he gained experience that would later be helpful for him at Chestnut Forge and Furniture. After marrying and starting a family, the opportunity arose for him to move his family to North Carolina to be near his dad, Craig.