Meet Carter Whittier of Inheritance Furniture Co.
After inheriting a worn handsaw and drill from his grandfather, Basil, Carter became interested in woodworking in 2013. With those inherited tools, he made his first coffee table and instantly fell in love with furniture woodworking. Since then, his passion has led him to start Inheritance Furniture Co. With this new company, Carter focuses on handmade heirloom-quality furniture and home décor. Just as he inherited his tools, his goal is to create pieces of furniture that become passed down to future generations.
With a new company for furniture woodworking, comes a need for new tools. Carter’s first Laguna purchase was a REVO 18|36 after seeing it operate in person and talking to the Chattanooga Woodcraft staff. As the business grew, he needed more machines with larger capabilities. His shop now includes 16″ Planer 4hp Tablesaw and a P|Flux:1 Dust Collector
Carter Whittier with his planer working on a furniture piece
Inheritance Furniture Co.’s flagship piece: The Legacy Dining Table
Building A Business
With his shop filled with quality machinery to perfect his furniture woodworking business, Carter has been able to create even more complex creations, allowing him to make truly custom furniture for families. His flagship product is the Legacy Dining Table which is designed for beauty and maximum longevity. The reason for it being his flaghsip piece is the amount of time it takes to complete. His other products include an array of home furniture and kitchenware. The true value in his work is the accuracy, precision, and care he puts into his work.
Advice For New woodworkers
Carter says, “Advice I would give to people making woodworking their hobby or business is to get to know your machines inside and out. Become a master of the tools at your disposal, and your work will be taken to the next level. Invest in some high-quality calibration tools and take the time to learn how to use them.
Secondly, embrace failures as new design opportunities. When you fail, you’re in good company- Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison, and James Dyson are just a few people who found how useful failure can be.”