Chris sets up a record at home in Pawlet, VT.
Everything that’s time-tested is of interest to Chris. A growing vinyl collection has him in awe of classic, long-lasting quality in sound and design.
“I wonder about the people who’ve owned these records before me. The quality of the sound is still here, and knowing they heard it too is special to me. I hope the same thing for our furniture, that is just keeps living on to the next person.” -Chris Bowlen, sample maker and designer
Written by Eric Henzie, Marketing Executive
Vintage vinyl appeals to my sense of nostalgia, of thrift and eternalness assuming you adhere to their proper care. Diving through bins of unknown records, the thrill of the hunt for what some seem to want to discard as obsolete others like Chris are happy to relocate to his own shelf full next to his turntable. He doesn’t hoard. He is happy to collect, share, seek them out at the various tag sales held in the area throughout the summer, or even fund one of the pricier new releases if it fits his taste.
If you thumb through the pages of hardcover coffee-table books of New England you will find an endless supply of rural imagery. Nostalgic visuals of rural America; such as these are firmly entrenched in the popular imagination. You can probably imagine yourself standing in the midst of these centuries old visions of past, one where the landscape and identity were defined by tradition, simplicity, and charm.
Since my family and I started living in New England one of the things that has made the biggest impression on me personally is the transition from summer to autumn. This transformation is unarguably the most beautiful. The leaves on the trees change from green to a vast range of beautiful colors; brilliant yellows, golden oranges and fiery reds. The activities that follow make me feel nostalgic. It’s raking leaves, the last mowing of the season, covering the garden vegetables before an impending frost, or moving the split wood from the covered log-pile down the road to the one closer to the house. It’s those time honored traditions honed over time that make us feel purposeful and a part of a community. Those things that friends or neighbors mention to each other while making small talk.
How important is long-lasting quality to you? Do you own something that’s special to you that’s been around for a longtime? Tell us by commenting on our Facebook wall or tweeting #MyNeckoftheWoods @manchesterwood
Stay tuned for Part 6…
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Chris has made his home in Pawlet [Vermont] a getaway, a little place to call his own and let his creativity run wild…
“I’ll get some local sausage, beef in town… butter, some other essentials, but about 50% of my diet comes out of this garden.”
Written by Eric Henzie, Marketing Executive
Home is the region, state, city or town where we live, where we are free to lie down in the park to rest on the freshly mowed grass, sit curbside at the annual Memorial Day parade, go-out to a familiar place to eat, or relax in our Adirondack to watch the sun dip below the horizon.
Like the pioneers who came before us, we have resiliently staked a claim to a down to earth, mountain lifestyle built upon the foundation of personal connections, time spent outdoors, stewardship, and culture. For Chris home is ten minutes down the road on a peaceful property that overlooks the Mettawee River in Vermont. His is located a few minutes from New York State in the Taconic Mountains. After clocking out Chris heads home. He often finds himself immersed in activities that range from fly fishing his stretch of the river, home remodeling, to a construction of the walls for a recording studio. I would call him a “maker” of sorts. He possesses the creativity and skill to make something with his hands.
Many of our co-workers possess a make-the-most-of what’s available level of creativity that allows them to build our products within a standardized process. We have a great team of people that pride themselves in the products they make here.
There is a growing group of conscious consumers, who care about who, where, and how the products they buy are built. These customers seek out and connect with the companies they purchase goods from, and share their enthusiasm with others like themselves. It’s about connection and accountability knowing and dealing directly with the company employees, only a phone call away and trusting the brand. We don’t just design what we sell, we make what we sell.
Do you like to create things? Or have a story about someone you care about who does? Is there a specific design or type of furniture you think we should offer? Tell us by commenting to this post, on our Facebook wall or tweeting #MyNeckoftheWoods @manchesterwood
Stay tuned for Part 5…