If you are familiar with our company, you have probably noticed that we have an interest in American history. In the state of New York, wood furniture has long been a part of the economic and cultural fabric. So, as makers of solid wooden furniture, we see ourselves as part of a centuries old tradition of American craftsmanship.
The fact that our furniture is made in the USA is not the only thing that makes us a part of this tradition: we draw much of our inspiration from the rich heritage of American furniture. In particular, our Shaker and Mission Collections feature variations on designs that have been popular in America for centuries. In fact, our factory is located less than 75 miles from the original Shaker settlement in Watervliet, NY, where the first shaker style furniture was manufactured.
Although we have significant respect for American traditions, it is important to remember that innovation is perhaps the most important of our national ideals. We continue to make shaker desks and shaker tables, but we have also created items like the Shaker Entertainment Console, which is designed to organize modern electronics while still maintaining a classic American style.
Another good example of how we move American traditions forward is our selection of Adirondack chairs. These rustic chairs were first produced over a century ago in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Due to our close proximity to the Adirondacks and the simple design of Adirondack chairs, they were one of the first items we started producing over 30 years ago.
We saw the potential to make something great even better. The final result was our folding Adirondack Chair, which can be easily folded and stored during the winter months. Many people keep their outdoor furniture outside during the harsher months, drastically reducing its longevity, just because they don’t have space for it inside. This was the problem we sought to address with our Adirondack folding chairs.
Another important American tradition is conservation. It may be coincidental that Teddy Roosevelt created the first national parks right around the time that the first Adirondack chair was made, but we see an important connection between solid wood furniture made in the USA and a sustainable environment. All of our lumber is sustainably harvested from North American hardwood forests, and since all our furniture is made in the USA, you can be confident that it has a much smaller environmental impact that something sent here from China.