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Peter Guest

800w-Peter Guest, Sr with family and friends, Circa 1939_FBUp to this point, as an active octogenarian, I have studiously avoided social media thinking all these outlets were poor substitutes for the cocktail parties popular in my parents’ day.  

I was a frequent guest at these even when young because my parents were responsible enough not to leave me on my own but unwilling to miss a good party. These gatherings led to life-long friendships with adults who later in life became cherished and valued connections. I hasten to add that I never saw any of these great folks be anything other than animated, stimulating, great conversationalists, intelligent, kind and thoughtful. I am very proud and happy to have been considered a friend.
It turns out that these social gatherings also led to my first piece of business. One evening, I negotiated my first commission as a fledgling wood worker, a fold-down table mounted to the kitchen wall (made of cherry of course) for our hostess.  Memorable chiefly because I still sport a constant reminder: in-line scars on my left hand between the roots of the thumb and forefinger, top and bottom, caused by an errant chisel. As I got older, chisels became a little more  friendly.

Those days were great and what’s really nice is that a lot of the same elements that made those special also work in today’s social media world. We meet, we start to talk about common interests and pretty soon we’re looking for ways to help you find the furniture that not only works for you but will be an heirloom with all the memories that come with things that last a long time.

So, Cherry Pond Fine Furniture will be out there mingling with the masses and connecting with all you discriminating folks with good taste, appreciation for first-class service, quality and durability for generations to come. That is our mantra! Thanks for tuning in!  
–    The Wood Blogger

peterFrom the desk of Peter Guest Jr., President of Cherry Pond Fine Furniture.

     I want to tell you who we are and what we do. A little background : my family has been in the woodworking business for six generations. My father, Peter Guest Sr., and his father, moved their millwork co. from Norwalk, Ct. to Whitefield, N.H. in 1967.  I was ten years old. That co. morphed into Brown St. Furniture, and Peter Sr. retired as president and CEO in the 90’s. However, he could not retire. Cherry Pond Fine Furniture was born out of his undying desire to create and innovate.
     My beginning here at Cherry Pond was unplanned. I was working in residential construction when I came out to Jefferson, N.H. to help Peter Sr. and my brother, John Guest, construct a passive solar building that was originally supposed to be Peter Sr.’s hobby shop. You might have guessed where this goes: With his relationships and contacts in the industry, we were in business by 1991.
     Our first pieces were mainly traditional shaker designs using mostly cherry but some maple. We advertised in magazines and Peter Sr.’s dealer network from his former company was instrumental in getting our product out there.Times were good and we grew. Sam Cushing, who was also a refugee from the construction industry, came to work with us. His talent was design, engineering, and later, sales. Though Sam left us to pursue other interests, many product lines he designed and developed are still very popular today. Nothing stays the same:time marches on.
     Though the vistas are breathtaking, living in northern N.H. is not easy. Those who choose to do so, I feel, have dug their heels in and made their stand. This describes the employees and CPFF: some are native, some came from somewhere else and stayed. Our crew is diverse, talented, and dedicated. Our mission is to produce the highest quality furniture, using the best materials, at a fair price, and stand behind it.
     I hope you have enjoyed this small glimpse into the beginnings of CPFF. The sun is setting on the pond reminding me its time to sign off. More next time.

Peter Guest