Juanita Horst is the proud owner of the family-run George’s Furniture. She initially started getting involved in the furniture making industry while assisting her father with work in the woodshop and helping at craft shows. Later, she strengthened her communication abilities by assisting in customer service and answering phones in the showroom. She also became heavily involved in website design and other computer needs. Juanita has now dedicated 15 years to George’s Furniture and loves every minute!
Her favorite part about working at George’s Furniture is being able to share the quality of their handcrafted solid wood furniture with their customers. She absolutely loves hearing comments like “Wow! That is a long table” or “quality handcrafted furniture is still being made today” or “that’s a strong table.” Seeing the excitement when customers realize that furniture can be constructed out of 100% solid hardwood, signed and dated by one craftsman, made their way is truly a treat. Juanita thoroughly enjoys providing woodshop tours and helping customers with their design ideas to bless their home for many years to come.
The most interesting experience that Juanita has had during her 15 years was being able to transform the George’s website and set up their accounting and customer records digitally. In her free time, she enjoys scrapbooking and reading.
Head into George’s to say hello to Juanita and the rest of the team during your in-depth woodshop tour!
Craftsman and Finish Technician Jay Wagner has been with George’s Furniture for 19 years. Jay loves the variety of the furniture industry, and the uniqueness which comes from our company. Since we build everything by hand using original designs, no two pieces are alike.
Everyday is a new journey, according to Jay, and he loves the variety of tasks throughout each workday. Each job takes on its own unique personality with varying designs, stains, finishes, and purposes. The most interesting projects that Jay has worked on were wooden foot prints which competitive boat rowers place their feet on when rowing and sculling, and a deluxe Scrabble board as well as a Wobble board.
In his free time, Jay is a basketball and volleyball coach, and he loves playing Scrabble, volleyball, and volunteering at the Youth Center.
Craftsman Caleb Druck has been working at George’s Furniture for four years. His interest in furniture was sparked during high school when he began an apprenticeship at the company.
He loves his coworkers, flexible work hours, being able to build his own furniture, and creating quality pieces he knows will last. Caleb’s favorite piece of furniture he ever built was a customized cherry coffee table with walnut butterflies and an x-brace pedestal.
In his free time, Caleb enjoys being outdoors hunting and farming.
Craftsman Gordon Allen has been with George’s Furniture for 20 years. He first became interested in the furniture making industry in shop class during 8th grade, where Gordon constructed a cherry stained oak nightstand with pull-out drawers.
His favorite part of working for George’s Furniture is the satisfaction that comes with making a product from start to finish by hand, watching all of the parts and pieces come together to form a beautiful piece of furniture. Gordon’s favorite piece of furniture he ever built was the George’s “Gossip Bench,” a spindle-back side chair with an attached small desk, complete with a drawer. He also truly enjoyed created a seven-foot long maple settee with six legs.
In his spare time, Gordon enjoys reading—his favorite authors being John Grisham and James Patterson. He also loves any and all Star Trek novels by various authors. Gordon enjoys latch hook and crocheting projects, as well as bicycling. His favorite TV shows are Star Trek, Law and Order, Chicago, Bones, Dallas, Knots Landing, and Knight Rider.