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The Art that’s Made in USA

April 29, 2014

Made in USA ArtPBS’ Frank Carlson spotlights a Made in USA exhibit showcasing and examining the evolution of American art… it’s vast, expansive, and multifaceted.

A Made in USA exhibit at Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection chronicles American artists and their evolution — “from romantic depictions in the 19th century, to dealing with urbanization and its discontents in the 20th, to abstract expressionism following World War II” (PBS).

Spanning a vast period — 1850 to 1970 — the show relies on the tastes of the museum’s founder, Duncan Phillips, who sought out works that he believed worth protecting, as its filter.

“Our founder spent his entire career, 50 years of collecting, really trying to identify American artists who were at the beginning of their careers, and assembling what he believed to be the very best American art,” says exhibit curator Susan Frank.

Through more than 200 works, the collection showcases artists from very different backgrounds and periods as they wrestled with and interpreted their sense of place in a vast and changing America, in settings both rural and urban.

The exhibit runs through August 31, 2014. (via PBS)

At Manchester Wood we’re always moved by American adeptness. Always changing, always growing, and yet there’s a nostalgia of an ideal. Through the Made in USA identity, the art of who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we’re headed to goes much further than a marketing tag… it’s the simple quest of a quality enriched dream in the land we call America.

Who are your favorite American artists? What does the story of America mean to you?

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5 Myths about U.S. Economy via Yahoo! Finance

April 9, 2014

Is the U.S. Economy as weak as we think it is? Could American made goods actually live on? This video and article below on Joel Kurtzman’s thoughts leave some insightful optimism…

Myth #1: America is broke

America’s private sector is in better shape than it’s been in years, and the American consumer is healthier than she or he has been in the past 35 years, says Kurtzman. “On the private side of the balance sheet America is doing just fine,” says Kurtzman. The public side is another story, but it’s improving. The money America uses to pay its debt has been declining as a portion of GDP every year, “and it’s very manageable,” says Kurtzman.

Myth #2: High unemployment rates are here to stay

Kurtzman says the high jobless rate is concentrated in people without a college education and those under 25. The unemployment rate for someone over 25 who’s college educated has held steady at around 4%.

Myth #3: China is ascending while America is declining

“China is coming of age at probably the worst time in history for a country that wants to be a manufacturing power,” says Kurtzman. China’s strategy involves having 200 million people a decade  working in manufacturing, says Kurtzman. “They can’t accommodate that,” says Kurtzman. The U.S., meanwhile, has moved from a manufacturing-centric economy to a service-focused one–a transition that China will eventually have to make, says Kurtzman. “That will be very difficult for them.”

Myth #4: America is a spent power

Kurtzman says the U.S. is in a great position for growth because it remains the world’s leading military and manufacturing power, has trillions of dollars in capital to deploy and is now less dependent on imported oil given the development of its own energy reserves.

Myth #5: America doesn’t make anything anymore

This is simply not true, says Kurtzman. America is the dominant manufacturing power in the world if you include what we make overseas. But if you just look at just what we make in America, we make 20% of everything produced. That’s about the same as China but China makes low value-added products such as towels and clothing. We make airplanes, radar, turbines — the big expensive stuff.

(via Daily Ticker)

American Made Wood Furniture

The Resurgence of American Manufacturing

April 29, 2013

From the mills of colonial New England, to the steel plants of the Midwest, manufacturing has long been a key component of the American economy. Unfortunately, the general trend since the middle of the twentieth century has been downward. After taking a particularly stiff drubbing during the so-called Great Recession, American manufacturing has finally started to show signs of improvement over the past couple of years.

What’s remarkable about Manchester Wood is that we started making solid wooden furniture during the mid 70’s, just as American manufacturing was entering its long slide and jobs were starting to be shipped to places like Mexico or Taiwan and later China. Despite the general trend of outsourcing, we remained committed to American made furniture.

The Hanover Media and Gaming Stand

The Hanover Media and Gaming Stand

One recent encouraging sign for the U.S. economy is a growing for enthusiasm American made products. A recent study indicated that more than of 80% of Americans are willing to spend additional money on an American product instead of paying less for a comparable foreign product. This is great news for us: instead of cheap, foreign, particle board coffee tables, solid wood American furniture is coming back into vogue. Furthermore, as people start to tire of their foreign-made furniture deteriorating and breaking due to poor workmanship or materials, they are realizing the sense in spending a bit more money on durable, quality furniture made in the U.S.A.

If you are interested in U.S.A. made furniture, check out our solid wood TV stands. These stands are designed to enhance your home entertainment setup while still preserving the traditional charm of solid wood furniture.

Not only is our furniture 100% made in the U.S.A., it is also green. All of our lumber comes from certified sustainable North American forests, so you can be sure that you are supporting the American economy without jeopardizing the environment.