Guide to Rhode Island furniture makers and home decor artisans

The craftsmanship of handmade furniture is evident in the details: the exquisite turn of the finial topping on the arch of a tiger maple bachelor’s chest, or the contrast of wood tones between the box joints of a table and its sides.

In a state that’s home to a furniture-making program at the Rhode Island School of Design and close to the North Bennet Street School in Boston, many workshops turn out high-quality, one-of-a-kind pieces that double as functional conversation-starters and heirlooms.

If you’re looking to add panache to your decorating or discover a piece to last for generations, you might want to explore some home-grown options. For a taste of what Rhode Island artisans have to offer, a good place to start is the 27th annual Fine Furnishings Show, which runs Nov. 4-6 at Providence’s WaterFire Arts Center.