The name Rebordosa dates to 1258, due to the abundance of chestnuts trees in the area. From the chestnuts trees you would get round chestnuts that were called “rebordans”. Thus, Rebordosa gathered the geological and morphological features for its territory to have trees with a large trunk like oaks, eucalyptus, and pine trees.
These types of trees were favourable to the manufacture of furniture, due to its flexibility, density and resistance to rotting. Combining the raw materials with the nearby river (Rio Ferreira), hardwood sawmills began to appear. They would then transform the trunks of the trees into wooden planks. Around the end of the XIX century the know how of this process passed from generation to generation.
This is how the furniture industry began in Rebordosa. A familiar company where the ground floor of the house would be the workshop. The men would take over the transformation of the wood whereas the women took charge of delivering the furniture pieces. This is how the figure of the “Carreteiras de Rebordosa” was born, carrying by foot furniture pieces on top of their heads. Some of the deliveries were more than 20km away.
This kind on industry formed a deep route in the region of Rebordosa, that even today a major part of the population works in a furniture industry related job. The use of high-quality craftsmanship and advanced technology made Rebordosa known beyond borders.