Robby Pedersen

Robby Pedersen of the shop RVP 1875 is the world’s leading historical furniture maker. Now in his 25th full-time year in the trade, he builds over 70 pieces of 1870s furniture every year using only the tools, techniques, and finishes from the era. His working shop is also an accredited museum, giving tours to thousands every year. RVP 1875 was named the outstanding tourist attraction for the state of Iowa in 2016. With history and education degrees, Robby also gives hands-on programs, weekend classes and two-year apprenticeships.