The Diversity of Industrial Experience: Cabinet and Furniture Manufacture in Late Nineteenth-Century Ontario

Ben Forster, Kris Inwood
2003 Enterprise & Society  
The diversity of paths to industrialization is illustrated by the example of the cabinet- and furniture-manufacturing industry in Ontario, Canada. Complex and unpredictable demand combined with smaller markets and lower incomes than those in the United States and the relative abundance of wood to limit mechanization and the size of enterprise in the Canadian industry. Small and unpowered workshops remained competitive throughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth century, creating a
more » ... creating a distinctive industrial experience that reflects the unique interaction of local demand and supply.
doi:10.1017/s146722270001226x fatcat:cqez7fqy3varzoca646yh34ha4