Hancock and Moore was founded with a vision to craft the best quality leather and upholstered furniture available. Today that same vision still exists in the crafts people that work to create this exceptional quality furniture.
Jimmy Moore founded the company in 1981 and grew up deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina learning carpentry skills. These skills eventually led to wood turning and then further into furniture design and creation. He spent hours carving, sanding, stitching and upholstering handcrafted pieces. This was his vision of the "ideal" way to build a unique brand of furniture. With the help of his master craftsmen, he transforms solid woods, soft leathers and fine fabrics into handcrafted furnishing. Each piece of furniture bears the signatures of these artisans that created it…literally. Even a past national advertising campaign features the actual signatures of the craftsman that have worked on the displayed piece. Whether it is crafting custom orders, or surveying production, his skilled vision for perfection remains.
The tradition of Hancock and Moore begins with the frame. Each of the frames are cut using the finest quality of wood. Only grade A wood is acceptable for their frames. Most upholstered frames are made using solid maple, long considered the best for upholstered furniture, due to the strength of this clear stock wood. Each frame is then cut and assembled. All the joints are double doweled and glued. Each joint then receives corner blocks that are glued and screwed in place to reinforce the joint. Thus ensuring a strong joint over time. Many of the frames feature carved exposed wood will be carved by hand from a solid block of wood, a very rare feature to find in any furniture manufacturer today, due to the labor intensity involved. Their attention to detail in building the frame remains mostly hidden under the upholstery, but you will appreciate the attention in years of use of this extremely durable frame.
Hancock and Moore still uses 8 way hand tied coil springs. Long considered the best way to support the seating surface on any upholstery. Conical shaped springs are placed inside the frame. On the bottom side, there is a metal strap that provides support to the bottom of the spring. The top of the spring is tied by hand using a special coated cord that is tied to the top of the spring and then to the side of the frame in 8 different position. Thus the phrase 8 way hand tied. This is another very labor intensive step that most manufacturers will not consider and they simply will not consider using any other support system.
Leathers are selected from only the top 2% of available hydes. The best hydes are free from scratches, scars, or brands. A fine hyde can be aniline dyed and used without any further treatment. Hancock and Moore also specializes in unique leather styles such as imprinted, hand-antiqued, and embossed leathers.
Cutting and sewing of the hydes is done carefully and tediously to allow for maximum production (lowers overhead) while accounting for artistic design. Tailoring is the last step to their exceptional quality. Each of the fabric or leather will be marked to the pattern by hand and then cut. Hand marking the pattern ensures that the fabric is carefully matched or the leather is cut to optimize the beauty and natural markings of the leather. The covers are then sewn and upholstered to the frames using time honored techniques in upholstery. Nail head trim is all applied by hand driving each of the nails individually, or welt is applied to the frame to finish off the edges. From here the furniture moves on to the inspection department. Each piece is thoroughly inspected before it received the approval to receive the Hancock and Moore label.
Exposed wood is hand-carved, sanded and finished by master craftsmen. Sanding does more that make the wood surface smooth. There are currently over 50 different types of finishes available. They employ over 40 artisans to complete this step of the manufacturing.
With ever step, every addition, every stitch, Hancock and Moore strives to make the best furniture available in both style and quality. They takes great pride in building its furniture. Each of the steps that are used insure that you can take great pride in your furniture for many years of use.