Reforestation Initiative

The beauty of the pieces we offer in the gallery comes not only from the skill and craft that cabinetmakers brought to creating each piece, but also from the spectacular old-growth woods that these cabinetmakers chose to make these objects with. Regrettably, some of the wood that was used to create these pieces in the 1700's and 1800's are close to extinction – like with Cuban Mahogany – or in the case of Brazilian Rosewood, banned from harvest due to overuse by the furniture industry.

We at the Federalist Antiques see ourselves as both stewards of history and advocates for conservation. Just in Illinois alone, we have seen ash, oak, and maple trees heavily impacted by wilt, blight, and invasive insects. Wood is not only the foundational material that our business is based on, but arguably the foundational material that our world is based on. We feel it is our responsibility to do what we can to insure that future generations will be able to call upon trees that are planted now to provide shade, warm their homes, and craft the next era of handmade furniture.

That said, it gives us great pleasure to announce that moving forward we will be working with One Tree Planted to assist with reforestation efforts across our national parks, Appalachia, Oregon, and in California where wildfires have been having an outsized impact on both the environment and the residents of the state. We will be periodically posting the results of these efforts and sharing where the trees have been planted.