The buyers at Art Van Furniture comb the world to find the best brands for your home. We look for quality, character and style, and assemble a showroom full of excellent options. Today we’re putting the spotlight on one of these brands – L.J. Gascho Furniture.
A customer favorite, L.J. Gascho products are individually handcrafted. An assortment of in-stock pieces are available for immediate delivery, or you can place a custom order. Simply come into one of our showrooms, find your favorite piece, and select your wood, color and hardware. Your specially made furnishing will be delivered in just weeks.
To discover this great supplier, we didn’t have to travel far from our Warren, Mich. headquarters. In 1989, a former Art Van executive was dining at a Mid-Michigan restaurant when he noticed the beauty of table. Talking to the owner, he discovered it had been handcrafted by Lyle J. Gascho, a local woodworker and fourth-generation chicken farmer.
Lyle had learned woodworking techniques from Amish and Mennonite craftsmen. With a passion for quality and detail, he started making furniture as a hobby. When the Art Van executive and buyer asked if he’d sell his pieces at Art Van Furniture stores, Lyle’s hobby quickly became a thriving business.
Today L.J. Gascho has grown into a company with 115 employees, but the mission has stayed the same: “to produce high quality furniture that will become heirlooms to be passed on from generation to generation.”
“We take pride in our work, and operate with honesty and integrity,” says Brandon Yowler, director of marketing for L.J. Gascho. “We’re not just making pieces of furniture, we’re making products that are part of people’s lives.”
Everything is hand-made using solid red oak and maple woods. Table slides are made with solid maple to add durability, and some are gear driven to make it easy for one person to operate. Pedestal feet include self-adjustable levelers. Round table rims and chair backs are made from solid woods and are steam bent.
The finishing process is also unique. Stains are hand rubbed to bring out the natural characteristics of the wood. The finish is done with Beshta-var, a catalyzed varnish that is resistant to substances including water, alcohol, warm dishes, and even nail polish remover. It is also resistant to marring and scratching.
The company is so remarkable that ABC World News featured Gascho’s Anniversary dining room table in its first-ever ‘Made in America’ special. The piece had been designed for Art Van Furniture stores to celebrate 25 years of working together.
Brandon says L.J. Gascho is committed to making products that are relevant for today’s consumers. “The past five years of the Gascho story revolve around Old World craftsmanship with updated styles,” he says.
Recently, the company launched new collections – Heritage, Hanover, Elizabeth, Saber and 20th Century – with pieces that include dining sets, entertainment centers, beds, dressers, chests, nightstands, end tables, cocktail tables, china cabinets, sofa tables and vanities. The new collections feature the company’s solid-wood heirloom quality with looks that bridge traditional with more modern styling.
With L.J. Gascho, you not only get a beautiful piece of furniture, you get a chance to make a family memory that can last forever.
“One of our customers had been diagnosed with cancer,” says Brandon. “He realized that life was short so he took his Gascho table, flipped it over and wrote a letter to his family. He shared seven things he had found to be true in life, and then he invited them to add their own wisdom and keep passing it on. Stories like that keep us going, and we’re proud to offer heirloom-quality furniture.”