Cabinetmakers were not the only Chesapeake woodworkers who built furniture
in the eighteenth century. Carpenters and house joiners also produced a wide
range of cabinet wares. Those artisans usually worked in rural areas where
specialized furniture makers could not find full-time employment and fashions
sometimes lagged a decade or more behind those of the region's towns and cities.
Yet carpenters and joiners often found creative and unusual solutions to the
design problems they encountered. The furniture they constructed, while less
refined than pieces made by cabinetmakers, is often imaginative and well conceived.