About the Artists

Carolina Farm Table, formerly Designs in Wood, is a custom furniture shop which specializes in farm tables, hutches and other hand crafted pieces for the home. John and Penny Ulery began Designs In Wood in 1972 in San Diego, California. They moved to Sparta in 1980, and bought the remaining half of the old Lowe’s Hardware building next to the law enforcement center at the corner of East Doughton and Alleghany Street, where the shop still currently resides.

John and Penny have been selling at art and antique shows for the past 30 years, working with clients all over the United States, and have won numerous awards for the craftsmanship and design of their work. Their interest in furniture these days is focused on custom pieces such as traditional furniture like farm tables, sideboards, and hutches. What began as a small woodworking shop that made hand carved mirrors and birdhouses, has developed into Carolina Farm Table.

Today, along with their son Devin, and a small group of talented craftsmen, they build custom furniture. Skilled in design, advertising and business, Devin has brought quite a bit to the “table.” Born and raised in Sparta, he is focused on internet sales and sees the potential for local business growth. He looks forward to what the future holds for both Carolina Farm Table, and the town of Sparta. They have a growing staff of seven, who take great pride in their work. Devin’s wife Anna helps in photography, sales and advertising for the business and together they have made it truly a family business.

The custom pieces they create are all one of a kind, rich in design and stable enough to last generations. This is their passion to pass on. All crafted by hand individually, their heirloom pieces are meant to enrich a house to make it a home…

“From our home to yours.”

Carolina Farm Table is open by appointment only, as it is a true woodworking shop. We love to have visitors come and check us out. We are pleased to create custom, handcrafted Carolina farm tables and furniture from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Give us a call today to discuss your North Carolina farm table and furniture needs! (828) 773-0769