Meet the Craftsman: Dan

by Tracy Barksdale on August 12, 2015

If you have been searching for a new dresser, nightstand, or other piece of ‘case good’ furniture, we would love for you to meet Dan! Dan is our next craftsman in our “Meet the Craftsman” series! Dan specializes in dressers, nightstands, buffets, bookshelves, desks, credenzas, china cabinets and more. Dan, like many of our other craftsmen, has been around the furniture creation process since he was a kid. He was always in his father’s shop helping him make furniture from a young age.

About 5 years ago, Dan transitioned from helping his father with furniture to working for his brother, Sam’s, shop. He worked for Sam for 3 years before taking over the shop from Sam. Dan made some improvements by purchasing more machinery to improve the quality of the furniture. In July 2014 Dan joined the Erik Organic team. We are thrilled to have Dan as a part of our team.


When Dan is working, he practices mindfulness by focusing on exactly what’s in front of him. While at the shop he is able to be very present with what he is doing, paying careful attention to detail, quality and the artistry of his craft. He truly loves what he does and that focus and enjoyment comes through his work. Dan loves a challenge and can be very selective when it comes to finding just the right wood. He pays attention to details like finding lumber that blends very well together and has similar features. He doesn’t cut any corners in his entire process, and this attention to quality and detail is what our customers love and appreciate about the furniture from Erik Organic.

A typical day for Dan involves waking up around 6 or 6:30am to feed and give water to the pigs and horses, and gather eggs from the chickens. He heads to the shop around 7:00am and works until around 5pm with an hour lunch break. When he gets home he works on his “honey do list” and also takes care of his pigs, horses and chickens before going to bed. A full but fulfilling day, Dan truly enjoys making furniture and hopes to have his own shop on his property one day. He says it’s a blessing to practice this craft that can be passed down to his own sons one day.

Here at Erik Organic, we value furniture that can be passed down through generations. Sustainably sourced wood is used, and the furniture is sturdy enough to last for the long run. Passing this craft that he learned from his father down to his children is another way that Dan is living a sustainable life. This preserves the craft and helps maintain the integrity of how high quality furniture is created.

Dan has a been a big part of our growth here at Erik Organic. If you are looking for a new dresser, nightstand, bookshelf, or many other pieces, please feel free to contact us! Dan has created many great pieces of furniture for our customers and we are confident that he can create something beautiful for your home too!

Give us a call at 888-900-5235



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

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 […]

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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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