In 1860, Jacob Herbach left the rock quarries of Kaiserlautem, Germany to start the family trade. Jacob's son, Philipp Herbach, carried on the tradition in the small mountain hamlet of Neustadt, Germany, in the famous Rhine wine region. The family gathered and stripped bark from the willow trees along the Rhine, bringing the scraped branches back to Neustadt. Philipp's son, Kurt Herbach (the oldest) was sent to New York at the age of 18 to gain experience and hence was introduced to rattan.
In 1948, Kurt moved his family to St. Petersburg, Florida where he worked with Adolph Almberg, a Swedish immigrant. In 1949, Kurt joined up with an old school buddy and formed the Rattan Furniture Company. The partnership continued until 1962 when Kurt went on his own to form Herbach's Rattan. Kurt's son, Phillip Herbach, learned the trade from his father during his high school years, and in 1973 Phillip started the fourth generation of fine craftmanship when Kurt retired.
The art of willow work has been lost through the years, but the manufacture of fine rattan lives on. Rattan is a strange, vine-like palm tree which grows to heights of several hundred feet in the Philippine jungles. It is hand cut, floated down rivers, straightened, dried, trimmed and shaved. The bark is used for binding cane.
At Herbach's, only top quality materials are used in the manufacture and assembly. All nails are galvanized, and all the screws are zinc plated to retard rust. The hardwood frames are braced, all holes are sealed or plugged and the final finish is a high quality polyurethane varnish for years and years of durability.
Herbach's Rattan offers you the finest quality of rattan furniture available anywhere, at any price. We back our furniture with four generations of Herbach craftsmanship.