The RVP~1875 Family


Robby Pedersen

A master cabinet maker, Robby has been handcrafting quality 19th-century-style heirloom furniture for more than 28 years. After graduating from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in education and history, Robby worked for 10 years as the cabinetmaker at Living History Farms, a historical museum in Urbandale, Iowa. He also studied under a modern master cabinetmaker in Kansas City. Robby has written over 30 articles for Better Homes and Garden’s Wood magazine as a special interest writer. He now integrates his background in education with knowledge and research on immigrants who settled in the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries, blending them all into each piece of furniture he creates.

Disston Pedersen

Disston Pedersen is a Maine Coon who enjoys lounging in shavings, supervising joinery work and reading. Disston is named for the Disston Saw Works, the leading saw producer in the 19th Century.




Cali & Hound

Cali and Hound are a Mama/Son duo that was adopted into the RVP family.  Normally, RVP is a two-cat home but Hound was born the runt of the litter and we didn’t think he’d survive the farm.  Look who isn’t a runt anymore!