“This table has three things that are really impressive. First, the drawer design is fantastic; you can access the draw from either side of the table making it even more functional than the fliptop version which would require you to move things to access the compartment. Second, the size is perfect. It doesn’t dominate the room and waste space. Clean lines, minimalist yet very functional. You cannot lose. Third, the lower bookshelf adds nice functional appeal and improves the weight of the table making it very stable. This was a great buy and my first at Manchester Wood. Going to buy a bookcase next.” – Brian
As we state, we make 100% Made in USA Furniture, but the term American Made Furniture runs even deeper. Sure you can slap a ‘Made in USA’ sticker on a product, and it’s a great thing! Yet just searching American Made Furniture you find a more stately order, a category of specifically solid wood furniture all unto itself. There’s a history there, and you’ll find authenticity with most American Made Furniture brands through online research. A rich heritage, such as with Harden Furniture, a fifth generation operated ‘American Made Furniture’ company making the finest in handcrafted hardwood furniture. They’re on the other side of the state we work from. It’s all a community, and even though technology has changed us, the immigrant paths our ancestors took to bring us here to the New York and Vermont countrysides aren’t too far off the times. Manchester Wood is a third generation ‘American Made Furniture’ company, with a lineage in woodworking dating back to 1891, providing what we feel is the best mix of quality and affordability in solid wood furniture ‘Made in the USA’ today. That’s not to say our ‘competitors’ provide great products too.
Solid Hardwood Furniture is very rich in the topic of American Made Furniture, the line can seem blurry between them. Then again, what’s more American than making something out of the bare resources only the land provides? That’s where you find an eco-conscious lumber system through locally maintained forests, work practices that are healthy for both the workers and the materials right up to the final product shipping out the door.
When you’re online shopping today, take a look around, read the history, discover the legacy, and buy a product not far off the sticker price at a big box store yet with an integrity and quality of its own league. That’s American Made Furniture.
“Made in USA Furniture Takes a Hit.”
Rich Christianson recently reported on Woodworking Network* that “the Made-in-America furniture movement [has] suffered a setback,” with two major Made in USA furniture factories closing down. It’s put more than 560 people out of work in Thomasville, NC, and the Made in USA furniture family mourns another loss. Christianson continues in the article:
“A silver lining in the dark-black cloud known as the Great Recession was that American consumers were buying more products Made in America. This helped fuel the notion that we would see more reshoring, such as Stanley Furniture’s decision to move production of its Young America furniture line from China to Robbinsville, NC. In addition, Ashley Furniture’s plans to build the world’s largest furniture manufacturing and distribution complex in Advance, NC was welcomed by many as another highly visible sign that U.S. wood furniture manufacturing was making a comeback.
But not everything has gone well for the U.S. furniture renaissance. Lincolnton Furniture, which became a media darling of “Made in America,” closed down without warning at the start of last year. 2013 also saw the demise of Linwood Furniture, which operated an 800,000-square-foot facility and Crawford Furniture Manufacturing, est. 1893 of Jamestown, NY.”
A disappointing news article for anyone in the Made in USA furniture industry; and although it’s great to find people buying American made products, also hearing about the “comeback” of American jobs and manufacturing through the years, we take this blog post to bring continued awareness to the dire need to support American made goods so that the circulation of commerce and community can find its center again. It’s what made this country the economic force it once was. It can be again! We continue to work away here at Manchester Wood and we thank you dearly for that. Blessings to all those effected by these factory shutdowns, our hearts go out to you.
*Made In USA Furniture Takes a Hit. (Jan 28, 2014). Retrieved from http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-blogs/industrial-woodworker/production-rich-christianson/Made-In-USA–241837221.html#sthash.MedDU7W1.dpbs