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The Legacy of the Adirondack Chair and the Rebirth in Local Family Business

June 27, 2016

The Adirondack region is a vast unique wilderness that people visit to experience the centuries-old tradition of outdoor exploration and adventure. Whether you come to hike and breathe the clean mountain air, explore the lakes region or take in the many small villages each with their own unique flare you may notice a common distinctly identifiable item… Distinct Adirondack Furniture.

The story of how this iconic centuries old design came about is true Americana.

The first Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903 at the large summer retreat he and his family frequented each summer, a large camp located in Westport, New York, on the banks of Lake Champlain. Lee was a tinkerer. He sought to create outdoor furniture for him and his family for their retreat that was rugged yet comfortable.

All summer long he worked on the design, adjusting the angles, using his family members as his test until he was satisfied. Lee arrived at a design known as the “Westport plank chair”. It doesn’t appear that he had any intention to manufacture the design. At this point they were nothing more than homemade family chairs.

Enter Harry Bunnell a carpenter friend and hunting companion to Lee. As the legend goes, while hunting together in the Autumn of 1903 Bunnell mention that he was in need of winter income. Lee’s (condensed) reply – “Why don’t you make and sell some of those big chairs?” So Lee offered up his design to Bunnell probably thinking he had helped solve his friends’ winter income dilemma. Bunnell began building his version of Lee’s chairs out of hemlock or basswood and staining them in green or medium dark brown. The residents and visitors of Westport fell in love with the design so much that Bunnell was challenged to keep pace with the demand.  In early 1904 (minus Lee’s permission) Bunnell filed for a patent (No. 794,777) on “his” chair design naming it the Westport Plank Chair.

Cliff Pierce - Manchester Wood

Cliff Pierce poses at his wrought iron factory in the 80’s in Upstate New York.

Flash forward sixty years to another tinkerer, a fast-rising businessman Cliff Pierce from Walden, New York.

Pierce had made his way into the Lake George area, through a unique opportunity to purchase a portion of an unkempt lakefront neighborhood for a bargain price. Continue Reading…

Giveaways

Adirondack End Table June Giveaway!

June 1, 2016

Adirondack End Table

This month’s FREE giveaway is our Adirondack End Table.

Need a place to put a drink or paper while relaxing in your Adirondack Chair? The Adirondack End Table has become a customer favorite alongside our folding Adirondack Chair for over 30 years. They’re as authentic as it gets too; made in the Adirondack foothills of Upstate New York from solid maple hardwood with a tough durable finish. And it’s foldable!

For this month’s free giveaway we’re asking you to promote our furniture through social media! This will be your entry into the raffle drawing!

Link to us on your Facebook wall, Twitter page, or Pinterest (instructions to do so below) and you’ll be entered to win our Adirondack End Table; a $129.95 value. The winner will be selected at random the end of the month.

For Facebook:

In your personal status box leave a comment on your wall about us; a review, a suggestion, anything you’d like! To tag us simply begin typing @Manchester Wood (no space between @ and Manchester Wood) and select our company page when it appears below your text as shown in example below. If it doesn’t show up be sure to search for it and ‘Like’ us! By creating a link back to our page on your status update we’ll see it and you’ll be entered into the raffle.

Twitter:

Be sure to mention us @ManchesterWood on your tweet to enter raffle!

Twitter Example

Or Pinterest:

If you’re one of our Pinterest followers, check out our page and “Pin” any one of our items! Just email us (newsletter [at] manchesterwood.com) to tell us about it!

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We look forward to hearing from you!

Ed & Priscilla Eriksen

Manchester Wood: American Made Furniture

To view our online catalog, visit ManchesterWood.com

Giveaways

May Blog Comment Giveaway

May 1, 2016

To enter this month’s free giveaway please comment on one of our blog entries.

You’ll have from May 1st to May 31st to add your thoughts in the mix of our discussions around ‘Made in USA’ furniture, product spotlights, historical moments in our brand, and day-to-day news around “the mill.”

Step Stool - Manchester WoodVisit our blog site and leave a comment where you see fit. We’ll be notified as soon as you do so, and your name and email will be entered into the random raffle drawing for this month’s free solid wood furniture piece handcrafted by Manchester Wood.

This month’s free item is our Step Stool. It’s a part of our Gifts for U.S. Jobs Collection, which aims to stimulate the U.S. economy while providing our customers with affordable products.

Contribute to our active blog by simply saying hello, or sharing your thoughts on a particular topic.

Manchester WoodWe’re excited to hear from you!

Ed & Priscilla Eriksen

Manchester Wood: American Made Furniture

To view our online catalog, visit ManchesterWood.com