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Bring The Hamptons Home This Summer

Hamptons Summer Montauk CollectionThe Hamptons, the epicenter of cutting-edge east coast vacation style for metropolitan New Yorkers. As woodcrafters from the Adirondack foothills of New York – the “North Country” – we’ve combined the appeal of coastal living with Adirondack sensibility in the Montauk Collection.

The Montauk Collection features sturdy, solid wood furniture. Handcrafted from solid American ash hardwood and protected with a tough durable exterior finish; each piece reflects the quality and timeless design Manchester Wood: American Made Furniture is known for. The unique foldable design features two-piece construction for easy transport and storage. From indoor to outdoor, lake house to beachfront, patio to the park for a soccer game… furniture that’s as portable or stationary­ as you want to be.

Hamptons Montauk ChairThe Montauk Collection includes the Montauk Chair, the Montauk Double Seat (Love Seat), the Montauk Side Table (End Table), the Montauk Coffee Table, and Montauk Youth Chair (recommended for children 3 to 8). In addition to being ideal for outdoor activities, all pieces function as great stationary furniture in any part of the home and are particularly ideal for small spaces in the apartment or condo. When it’s time to go or to stow away, simply pull apart the two pieces and slide them together, transforming the furniture piece into a carrying case for easy storage. And like all Manchester Wood solid wood furniture, every piece of the Montauk Collection is made in the U.S.A.

What are your summer plans? Could you see the Montauk Collection in them? Shop now

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The Windsor Chair, American Made via WNPR

Windsor Chair“There is something very American about a Windsor chair. Although its name points to England, where the chair’s style and manufacture emerged in the early 1700s, this immigrant furniture found its way into every American home, from a restful rocker in a small Yankee farm house to the seats of the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.” -WNPR.org

WNPR reports on the Windsor chair, spotlighting it in Making Connecticut, the Connecticut Historical Society’s ongoing exhibit covering more than 400 years of Connecticut history.

Much like the heritage of Shaker furniture we’ve recently discussed. The chair’s simple design made it relatively easy to build and affordable to buy.

In the 18th and early 19th centuries both large and small Connecticut workshops employed apprentices and indentured servants, who often created the separate chair parts in large batches and built the chairs in an assembly-line fashion, cutting cost and time. A typical shop would have a bin full of chair-back spindles, for example, ready to add to a finished seat.

On display in Making Connecticut are a number of Windsor chairs from the Allen shop in Windham, Connecticut. Amos Denison Allen (1774 – 1855) owned a 190-acre farm and ran a shop that employed as many as twelve apprentices at one time. Allen began his career as an apprentice himself at the age of sixteen, working under contract for a furniture maker in Lisbon, Connecticut beginning in 1790. Windsor chairs were shipped up and down the East Coast and transported locally by peddlers on horse-drawn carts. Allen shipped his Windsor chairs to his brother-in-law and agent in Savannah, Georgia. For large shipments, the chair parts were often packed separately to save space. Allen painted his chairs the typical colors of green, yellow, red, black, and brown. Some of the Windsor chairs in the CHS collection appear black today because the green paint has actually darkened over time.

Find more stories through WNPR about early Connecticut craftsmen—and others who shaped Connecticut’s history—by exploring Making Connecticut at the Connecticut Historical Society today. Making Connecticut is open Tuesday through Friday from 12-5 and Saturdays from 9-5.

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Shaker Tables: Timeless Quality

Shaker Tables at Manchester Wood

Shaker tables have a storied legacy… We continue to tell it in timeless quality, fashion, and design.

Manchester Wood’s Shaker tables have a story too, beyond the original Shaker style furniture origins. It begins in the mid-70′s in a tiny bustling tourist town called Manchester, Vermont – an hour drive from the actual inception of Shaker furniture. Manchester is nestled in between the Taconic and Green Mountain ranges. It’s attraction has grown and grown as more people discover it’s quaint, charming essence – not to mention the beautiful foliage and ski seasons at Stratton and Bromley nearby. In fact, the iconic Burton Snowboards started in Manchester. We unloaded their first pallet of plywood snowboards and shared our knowledge that would later assist in the creation of their first production facility there.

As time went on Manchester Wood, much like Shaker furniture evolved and found its subtle, natural craftsmanship elsewhere when we moved our operations just across the border in New York state. Manchester had outgrown us, and we found ourselves back in the countryside, nestled against another set of mountains… the Adirondacks.

How do Shaker tables and Manchester Wood have anything in common aside from our Shaker Collection? Well, we’re both subtle. Timeless in quality and fashion. There really isn’t much that’s changed for Shaker furniture. There really isn’t much that’s changed about Manchester Wood. Both are here for the function and freedom that comes with American ingenuity and expression.

Experience our Shaker tables and the storied legacy they carry not only as a style, but as apart of our brand. Do you have a Shaker furniture story? Share with us in the comment section below!

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