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Meet Jim Buckley of Buckley Rumford in Port Townsend

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jim Buckley.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
We began to build fireplaces in 1980. Shortly thereafter we learned about the fireplaces that Benjamin Thompson (Count Rumford) designed in 1795. Benjamin Thompson was born in Woburn, MA in 1753 and we began building “Rumford fireplaces”. If you are not familiar with Rumford fireplaces they are tall and shallow and the most efficient and cleanest burning masonry fireplaces ever developed. These days we help others build Rumford fireplaces all over the world.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a slow and steady relatively smooth road. Our company is small and we have re-envisioned and reorganized it several timers from a masonry contracting company to a consulting company with online sales.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Buckley Rumford Co. story. Tell us more about the business.
I pretty much have already said that we specialize in Rumford fireplaces, the most efficient and clean-burning fireplace ever developed and it was developed by Count Rumford more than 200 years ago and who was born in Woburn, MA.

The reasons your readers might be interested are the following:
1) Portrait of Count Rumford by Gainsborough, a copy of which is on display at Count Rumford’s birthplace, 90 Elm Street, Woburn, Massachusetts. The original painting is in the Fogg Museum at Harvard.
2) Statue of Rumford in front of Woburn Library.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We will be a more efficient online promoter of Rumford fireplaces and other related masonry products and will be better at selling the components and materials online.

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Albert Righter & Tittmann Architects, Inc., Classic New Mexico Homes

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