Furniture that Spans Generations

by Tracy Barksdale on July 6, 2015

Sustainability is one of the reasons why I am proud to be a part of the Erik Organic team. At Erik Organic, every single piece of furniture is not only created sustainably, but it lasts throughout generations! Our furniture literally out lives the amount of time it takes to grow completely new hardwoods to replace the ones we harvest. This is not throw away furniture. A table is strong enough and sturdy enough to withhold heavy weight on one end and a beautiful desk could be passed down to your children, and your children’s children.

At my apartment complex, I see people throw away chairs, couches and tables multiple times per month. I’m in a large complex, but it still amazes me how often people dispose of furniture. Whether it’s a product of a throw away society, or lower quality furniture, this is one of the reasons why I love working for Erik Organic. We produce sustainable, long lasting, individually hand crafted furniture.


I recently was at the “showroom,” aka Erik’s house, and moved a barstool to sit on and was surprised at how heavy (but not too heavy) it was. It didn’t wobble as I shifted in it, and even though it was not upholstered, it was comfortable enough to sit on for hours while I worked.

Our master craftsmen have learned from generations of other master craftsmen and this has proved to be a time tested method to creating beautiful long lasting furniture. These pieces are distinct and individual and you would be hard pressed to find anything in comparison.

As always, we love hearing from you and would love to help you create your next timeless piece to add to your home!

Give us a call at 888-900-5235!


Meet Johnny Our Master Chair Maker

by Erik Organic on June 9, 2014

You have all met Eli our master table maker.  Now it is time for us to introduce you to Johnny, our master chair maker.  He has been working with Erik for over 5 years and has created a lot of dining chairs for us since then.  He became our master chair maker after Eli introduced him to Erik.  At the time, Eli and Johnny were working as partners as Eli built the tables and Johnny built the chairs.

Johnny’s start in furniture is quite different from Eli’s!  It is an interesting story nonetheless.  As an integral part of the Erik Organic team, he is irreplaceable.  We are happy that you two finally meet.

Working with Erik Organic

His first job in furniture was working as an apprentice in his master craftsman’s workshop when he was 18 years old.  After only two months of working there, his master craftsman moved away to Missouri.  His move became an opportunity for Johnny, and soon afterwards, he took over the shop.  When he was 21, he started working on chairs exclusively.

During this time, he met Eli and they began a partnership.  At the time Eli was already working with Erik, but then all of a sudden business began to expand rapidly.  Eli and Erik asked Johnny if he can join Erik Organic, and Johnny said yes.

Johnny still remembers the first chairs he made for Erik Organic.  They were raised mission chairs, a very popular style of Amish furniture.  Soon afterwards, Erik asked Johnny to design some new chairs, and Erik Organic eventually introduced the Western Mission chair, the Farmhouse chair, and the Colonial chair.  The selection remained limited for a couple of years until customers wanted to see more new styles.  Now Erik Organic offers over 41 dining chairs, barstools, office chairs, and thirteen rocking chairs.   In fact, we recently introduced a new design, the Lynwood Chair.  Its style is unique and has received a lot of attention for its beautiful curves.

Erik Organic continues to grow and so has Johnny’s role in it.  Right now, he is in the process of building a new shop, better able work more freely since he can store more materials and equipment.

Raised Mission Chair

Drive to Excel

Our craftsmen’s main goal is to make our customers happy, and Johnny is no different.  He builds his chairs to be comfortable, sturdy, and beautiful.  The perfect trifecta so every customer can love their furniture.  He builds his chairs to last for generations, but he wants each generation to treasure their chairs for being all these things.

Yet, Johnny is more pragmatic than others.  He values comfort more than style, and this concerns him for every new design being built .  If you cannot sit in a chair for more than an hour, then something is wrong with the design.  When someone submits a design or when he creates a new one, he builds a prototype.  He tests it out to see how comfortable he is.  If he improves the design, he tests it out again.  Once he is satisfied and approves the design, the chair is debut on Erik Organic.

Johnny always had a strong work ethic and a drive to improve the lives of his family and customers.  He builds most of his family’s furniture, unless it is passed down from generations, and his main goal for his customers is their happiness.  Like Eli, working as a craftsman gives him a lot of reward as he builds for the people he cares about.  Erik Organic is blessed to work with him.


Our Craftsmen and Farming

June 9, 2014

Our craftsmen are a very important part of the Erik Organic team.  Without them, we would not be able to give our customers the highest-quality furniture you can find in the United States.  Truly, our craftsmen are our country’s best hidden secret!  Their solid hardwood, hand-crafted furniture is high-quality and more beautiful than anything you will […]

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Picture Perfect

April 17, 2014

Each piece we make is custom and made to order.  We do not have any pieces lying in a warehouse somewhere in the US.  Instead, we wait for you to make an order and our craftsmen will build it from scratch.  So, how do you know how it will look like if we have never […]

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The Appeal of Hickory

April 17, 2014

Our craftsmen find the best quality hardwood so we create furniture you can keep for centuries.  If the wood we used was not able to last that long, then our job of providing the best for you becomes a dream, not a reality. Our craftsmen hold that as part of their Amish doctrine.  Nothing is […]

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Meet Eli Our Table Maker

March 26, 2014

Eli is our master table maker. He has been working alongside Erik Schimek for over 13 years and is a valued member of our Erik Organic family. His expertise, craftsmanship and artistic talents have helped us to produce beautiful pieces of exceptional quality that truly stand out. Even though the bespoke tables that Eli has […]

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Houseplants and Their Amazing Power of Healing

March 25, 2014

Houseplants are commonly overlooked as décor, but their benefits go far beyond providing your home with aesthetic appeal. Erik has many houseplants in his home and it has made it a much happier, more vibrant place to live.  The air is fresher and he has even developed a sense of loyalty to his plants, making sure […]

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It’s Maple Time!

March 20, 2014

A common tradition in the North Country involves collecting maple sap and using it to make maple sugar. You can collect sap from any type of maple tree—each one has its own flavor—but the most popular trees are sugar maple, red maple and black maple. Our sales manager, John “Sparky” Birrenbach, has a cabin that […]

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A Treasure for Your Treasures

February 26, 2014

Many households have beautiful valuables in their home that are never displayed properly.  It remains hidden from everyone’s eyes, their beauty unseen by guests. But lately more people have taken the initiative to exhibit them, and they should.  Riches should to be appreciated. Furniture is often overlooked as an important part of a display so […]

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Patience and Hard Work Paid Off, A Journey to the Perfect Dining Room Set

February 21, 2014

  Months of Planning Some customers come to us with a general idea of what they would like; however, others come to us knowing exactly what they want, down to the smallest detail. Every detail has been decided with conviction and certainty.  They have spent a considerable amount of time envisioning many combinations of dining […]

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