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Wood Benches in the Mudroom

August 23, 2016

Wood Benches - MudroomPretty soon, nice solid wood benches will make sense through Fall, Winter, and Spring in the “mudroom.”

Wood benches. It makes sense. Winter is just around the corner. That means wet boots, muddy dog paws, little scatters of melting snow, and piles of schoolbooks. Around these parts many homes have an important collection place, the mudroom. Unlike a front entry, much less formal, the mudroom is usually a home’s secondary entrance. It’s the hardworking space and very helpful for keeping the house clean and organized. There are key elements to the mudroom that’s worth one’s salt. Hooks and Racks to hang coats, hats, scarves to maximize space and keep cool weather gear arranged in one convenient spot. A tile floor with washable floor mats both durable and easy to clean. Some who have the space would install a sink or move the laundry from the basement to this space. After all, it’s much quicker to toss dirty clothes and linens directly into the wash without dirtying the rest of the house. Next on the checklist would be a wood bench. When you come home or back inside from the weather you probably should remove your shoes. A sturdy wood bench allows you to take a seat to remove your footwear before you enter the rest of the house. We carry several great options for the mudroom.

We routinely receive compliments on the Shaker Pew Mudroom Bench from our loyal customers. The Shaker style of furniture dates back to the 18th century. The Shaker principles of simplicity, honesty and humility were reflected in the crafts and furnishings they produced. This item fits nicely in most mudrooms or entryways and allows you to conceal a few pair of footwear underneath its sturdy frame.

A new wood bench from us, the Mission Mudroom Bench offers a seat back and shelving below, providing ample storage for shoes and comfortable sitting.

Ensured by our Quality Guarantee, our wooden benches are produced from local North American hardwood from forests regulated to employ and maintain environmental sustainability practices.

American Made Wood Furniture, Giveaways

Back to School Lap Desk Giveaway!

August 1, 2016

August Giveaway - Manchester Wood

Win a FREE Lap Desk by sharing your favorite childhood school memory. It will automatically enter you to the raffle drawing the end of the month.

A favorite teacher? Favorite sport? A memory from winning a state championship game, or getting into the school of your choice? In the month of August we’re still enjoying summer, but the school year is quickly upon us too. In the spirit of the season (along with our Back to School Sale) Manchester Wood is making this month’s giveaway a FREE Lap Desk with entry by commenting on this blog, emailing us, writing on our Facebook page, or mentioning us on Twitter (@manchesterwood) with answering the follow question,

What’s your favorite childhood school memory?

You’ll be automatically entered into the drawing for the Lap Desk, with the winner announced and contacted on September 1st.

The Lap Desk is ideal for working while sitting in a chair, on the couch, or upright in bed. It blends mobility, comfort, and style with productivity in one compact package. It is also part of our Gifts for U.S. Jobs Collection, which aims to stimulate the domestic economy and boost U.S. job creation.

 

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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…