The Henkel-Harris legacy started from humble beginnings. After serving in the Second World War, Carroll Henkel and his wife, Mary made the decision to enter into the furniture business. Knowing very little about the craft, the Henkels decided to begin this business venture with their friend, John Harris. In 1946, The Henkels rented their first building and began making furniture. Since they were so inexperienced, they spent countless hours studying woodwork and learning all that they could about the craft. The experience gained from this endeavor led to the creation of the acclaimed Henkel Harris finish, which is still regarded for its high clarity, durability, and overall quality.
After many years of hard work, the Henkels employed five other workers and were slowly gaining the reputation for offering some of the most quality furniture available. Despite the adversity, Mary grew the company to 90 employees very quickly. She also began traveling around the world, specifically to Europe. She used these trips as an opportunity to view European antique furniture so that she could innovate new Henkel Harris furniture based on the European design.
In 2013, the Gum family purchased Henkel Harris and is proud to be carrying on the tradition of producing America’s finest furniture. With the same commitment to their workers and passion for crafting furniture, Gum Family has only one goal in mind: “to ensure that the legacy continues” .
The pieces created by this prestigious manufacturer are available directly from James Antony. We encourage you to drop by our showroom for complimentary design advice or simply contact us by telephone to shop from the comfort of your own home. We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and look forward to working with you on your next project!