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  • We draw on the long-standing carpentry traditions of the town of Jonava.

    Traditions of carpentry run deep in Lithuania. The first carpentry guilds were established in Vilnius in 1579 with a Royal privilege of King Steponas Batoras. By the XVIII century Vilnius was one of the centers of carpentry in Europe and was also popular with foreign artisans. In 1893 the city had 220 masters, 136 assistants and 270, apprentices making it a sizable industry.

     

     

     

    Jonava, a town 30 km away from the second biggest city of Lithuania, Kaunas, started developing more actively in the XIX century. The town had a vibrant community of wood specialists but the establishment of a Swedish-owned match factory in 1911 made it an industry.The son of the owner of the factory returned to the town after the First World War and continued to run the factory until the Second World War. After Lithuania became a part of the USSR in 1946, a furniture factory Berzas  was established at the site. In 1947 it was renamed Jonava Furniture Factory and started producing furniture.

     

    The name of the current factory, Baldai Jums, literally means ‘furniture for you’. It was a half of the old Jonava Furniture Factory before it was restructured in 1994. Now it is one of the most modern Lithuanian furniture makers, and employs over 400 local people. Many of the employees are of the second or third generation of artisans working at the factory.