MountainMuleHardwood

Custom solid hardwood furniture handcrafted in TN.

Limestone, Tennessee
| 1,512 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

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Announcement    We are a small family owned business made up of an artist + a carpenter, and a talented team of people, working in the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee. Check out our IG or FB to see more examples of our work: @mountainmulehardwoods. We make everything by hand and waste nothing- even our wood shavings get used as bedding for our animals. We only work with American hardwoods. We look forward to building something special for you!

NOTE: Current lead time has increased to about 10 weeks plus shipping. We are building as fast as we can while trying to stay safe, and we appreciate your patience! Delivery dates are not guaranteed due to Covid-19.

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Last updated on Mar 29, 2021

We are a small family owned business made up of an artist + a carpenter, and a talented team of people, working in the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee. Check out our IG or FB to see more examples of our work: @mountainmulehardwoods. We make everything by hand and waste nothing- even our wood shavings get used as bedding for our animals. We only work with American hardwoods. We look forward to building something special for you!

NOTE: Current lead time has increased to about 10 weeks plus shipping. We are building as fast as we can while trying to stay safe, and we appreciate your patience! Delivery dates are not guaranteed due to Covid-19.

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Nelson Adolphson and Megan Pinch

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About MountainMuleHardwood

Sales 1,512
On Etsy since 2011

Heirloom-Quality American Hardwood Furniture & Gifts, Handcrafted in Tennessee

Our Work
Our furniture is handcrafted from solid American hardwoods, including walnut, cherry, white oak, quarter-sawn white oak, curly maple and ambrosia maple. To give our pieces more dimension and contrast, we like to mix different combinations of hardwoods. Our bed frames are made to be easily assembled with interlocking hardware. Our tables are made with removable legs for ease of shipping. All of our furniture is finely sanded and finished simply in linseed oil, to reveal the natural color and beauty of the wood grain. When you buy our pieces, you can rest assured that you're not bringing questionable wood or dangerous chemicals into your home, because our wood is solid, new, furniture grade lumber, our glue is low-VOC and our finish options are 0% VOC. We build a lot of furniture for chemically sensitive people, often beds for people buying organic mattresses. With everything we build, we think about safety, usability, functionality and durability of our pieces for generations of use.

Our Story
Established in 2014, Mountain Mule Hardwoods is a collaboration between Megan Pinch and Nelson Adolphson. With over 25 years of finish carpentry experience, Nelson personally creates each piece of heirloom-quality hardwood furniture. As a former art and photography professor, Megan runs the business and does all of the design, marketing, social media, business, web design and photography. We also have a talented shop team to assist with some carpentry, finishing and sanding.

Our Name
Located in the mountains of Limestone, Tennessee, our shop overlooks acres of woods and our mule barn and arena. Why mules, you ask? We love our surefooted gaited mules for trail-riding in mountainous terrain. Tough, durable, intelligent, and full of personality, mules are known for their look of strength without bulk. Similarly, our finished pieces are streamlined, strong and durable, with the unique characteristics of the natural hardwoods shining through the simple finish.

The Carpenter
Originally from central Pennsylvania, Nelson Adolphson made a living as a finish carpenter for over 25 years. He has trimmed the interior of many prestigious golf clubs and high-end homes around Virginia and Tennessee. His first piece of furniture was a hutch he made in high school, which his father still uses. Nelson enjoys turning a rough-sawn stack of lumber into a beautiful and functional piece of furniture, and hopes that people will treat his pieces as heirlooms to be passed down from generation to generation.

The Artist
Megan Pinch grew up in Rochester, NY and holds an MFA in Visual Studies from SUNY Brockport, and a BA in Russian and Art from College of the Holy Cross. Megan moved all over the country for her 13-year long career as a college photography professor. This ended in 2014 when the college where she was poised to become department chair and receive tenure abruptly shut down. Seeing that she could use her photo and web skills to help Nelson realize his dream of building fine furniture, she started Mountain Mule Hardwoods. She enjoys working with people to design custom pieces, selecting just the right lumber for each project, and making her own schedule!

Shop members

  • Nelson Adolphson

    Owner, Maker, Carpenter

    Originally from central PA, Nelson has made a living as a finish carpenter for 25+ years. He enjoys turning rough-sawn lumber into a functional piece of furniture, and hopes people will see his pieces as heirlooms to be passed down for generations.

  • Megan Pinch

    Owner, Maker, Photographer

    Megan grew up in Rochester, NY. Her background is in higher education, as a photography and art professor for 13+ years. When her college abruptly shut down in 2014, she decided to help Nelson realize his dream and they started Mountain Mule.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 23, 2023
We are different from a lot of today's furniture builders. Maybe the best way to clarify our philosophy is by saying what we don't do...

We don't use lumber from trees we can't identify or haven't heard of. We love our standard American hardwoods.

We don't apologize for the character of the wood- the worm trails, the knots, the sapwood, the veins of brightness. We appreciate these natural details.

We don't offer staining or painting, because we want to see the beauty of the wood, and also because we don't like exposing ourselves and our customers to harsh chemicals. We offer our furniture unfinished or finished in boiled linseed oil, which is made from flaxseed. We also have a more durable plant-based oil and wax blend.

We don't just throw things together and call it rustic... We like clean lines and simple pieces that are versatile.

We don't hop on the trend bandwagon... We prefer to make things that are timeless and will be around for a long time to come.

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