R.E. (Bob) Bachmann with his wife Barbara and youngest son, Chris, reside in Granville, Ohio, where they run their woodworking business called Ohio River Valley Cabinet Company. Over the past thirty years Bachman has become quite well known for his decorative painting on furniture as well as wall murals, which resemble those of Rufus Porter. But Bachman is probably best known for his painted and grain-painted antique reproduction furniture and tall-case clocks typical of the "Federal" period.
Bachman's company also reproduces a broad range of antique advertising boxes, including Shaker Seed boxes. The boxes are authentic in everyway including the handmade cotter-key hinges. The boxes are properly aged to look like the antique originals. The Shaker Seed boxes are actually carried for sale in two of the existing Shaker museums in the East.
Properly aging a reproduction piece sometimes requires as much time and expertise as initially creating the piece. However, the extra effort and care put into each piece to make it look and feel like the original antique is well worth it to both the furniture maker and the family to which it becomes a future heirloom.
Bachman is a direct descendant of John Bachman II, who lived and worked in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the last half of the 1700's and is known as America's first working cabinet maker.
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