Designer Tools


You’re invited to apprentice yourself to the masters at the exclusive Chaddock College September 18-20. Chaddock College is a 2-day immersion experience in the art and science of fine furniture manufacturing, including behind-the-scenes factory tours, seminars, learn-by-doing activities and networking.

Your instructors are industry icons and pros. Your peers are fellow accomplished design and retail professionals. The venue is the Chaddock factory campus in Morganton, North Carolina, the traditional heart of American furniture manufacturing.

Chaddock College is free of charge to qualified retail and design professionals.


THE NIGHT BEFORE, Monday, September 18

  • Hotel check-in the afternoon before college begins (4-5pm).
  • Followed by cocktails, dinner and networking.


  • See how manufacturing process improvements positively impact your creative job performance as a designer.
  • Demonstrations of how artisan craftsmanship techniques and modern technology combine to produce exceptional style and value for today’s clients.
  • Guided by master craftsmen, you’ll practice distressing, sanding, staining and sheen-application. Your masterpiece? A picture frame – yours to keep!
  • Wrap up the evening with cocktails, conversation and dinner with your classmates and Chaddock execs.


  • See how internal quality construction features – the invisible infrastructure – are the foundation of beautiful upholstery.
  • Witness the creation of made-to-order upholstery, including patterning, cutting, sewing, fabric application and custom tailoring treatments.
  • College attendees will matriculate the afternoon of Day Two. You’ll be ready to depart Morganton, North Carolina – informed and inspired – early afternoon.



CHADDOCK COLLEGE FACULTY: Your college deans include Chaddock VP of Operations James Kennedy, case goods manager David Cruise, and upholstery plant manager Louie Weatherman. Collectively, they bring well over 50 years of fine furniture manufacturing expertise to your experience. They are joined by dozens of Chaddock craftsmen and women, many born and raised in the furniture-making tradition.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Interior designers and retail sales associates seeking the next level of personal and professional growth.

HOW TO APPLY: While acceptance to Chaddock College is generally by invitation or referral, for consideration, please contact your local Chaddock representative, or email

FEES: Aside from transportation to and from Chaddock’s Morganton, NC, factory, there are no attendance fees. Chaddock is happy to assume the costs of food and lodging, to support your continuing education.



At Chaddock, “finished to perfection” is more than a tagline. We offer 66 wood and paint finishes, plus distressing and sheen options. Every Chaddock design is made by hand and made to order in a 20+ step finishing process.

It’s quite a story. And, one that begs to be seen, felt and touched. Chaddock is delighted to announce a new Finish Chip Program to help designers and retail sales consultants bring Chaddock’s “finished to perfection” story to life … and finalize orders.

The Chaddock Morganton, North Carolina, factory has completed production on over 30,000 individual 3×5-inch wood finish chips, available on two rings of 33 samples. Each chip represents the “standard” color finish, with no distressing. It’s best to encourage you to consult the price list for sheen standards.

A choice of 66 finishes is an amazing palette for creative designers. But, ours is a fashion business, and on occasion, finishes may be retired and new finishes added. With this core finish chip program now in place, it will be easy to add (and remove) chips as needed.

In the (unlikely) event you don’t find the ideal finish among these 66, remember that Chaddock is happy to collaborate on custom finishes, complete with strike-off panels for your review.

Finish Chip sets are available to authorized dealers and designers at a one-time charge of $100. To place an order, simply email This new program is a great selling tool AND value. The chips are produced with the care and attention we apply to customer orders every day. Now, we invite you to start creating!