4 Stories Behind Wood Types We Use

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A Cherry Tree. Photo Courtesy of WunderWoods

Many customers ask us about the trees that make our American made solid wood furniture. Here are the 4 types we currently use and their back-story.

Ash (Fraxinus spp.)

Norse mythology refers to Ash as “the mighty tree that supports the heavens” and “below earth its root went down to hell.” Ash belongs to the olive family, although its only fruit is a dart-like winged seed. Ash is a popular species for food containers because the wood has no taste. Admiral Richard Byrd wore snowshoes made from Ash during his polar expeditions. Early windmills were made from this species. Its main uses are furniture, flooring, doors, moulding, hockey sticks, billiard cues, and more. It grows throughout the Eastern U.S. and ranges in height from 80 to 120 feet. Nearly all furniture at Manchester Wood is made with Ash, except our Adirondack collection and Solid Cherry collection. The Solid Cherry collection which has items found throughout a variety of categories has product names with ‘Cherry‘ in them.

Beech (Fagus grandifolia)

Known as “Mother of the Forest” for its nutrient-rich humus, Beech has a long, illustrious past. The Aryan Tribes of Asia, the earliest known people to use a written language, carved their messages into the soft, smooth pliable bark of the Beech tree. The writings, cut out of the bark were called “boc,” which eventually became “book.” Its main uses are doors, flooring, toys, turnings, and furniture. It grows throughout the Eastern U.S. with an average height of 120 feet. Occasionally our Retro collection is made with Beech.

Cherry (Prunus serotina)

Like all fruit trees, Cherry belongs to the rose family. American Colonists used the Cherry tree for its fruit, medicinal proprities and home furnishings. They mixed Cherry juice with rum to create Cherry Bounce, a bitter but highly favored cordial. The bark was used in the production of drugs to treat bronchitis, and Cherry stalks were used to make tonics. Its main uses are fine furniture and cabinet making. It grows throughout Midwestern and Eastern U.S. Check out our Solid Cherry collection, made entirely with Cherry hardwood.

Soft Maple (Acer rubrum, Acer saacharinum)

In most respects Soft Maple is very similar to Hard Maple. Generally the sapwood is greyish white, sometimes with darker colored pith flecks. The wood is usually straight-grained. Its main uses are furniture, paneling and millwork. It grows throughout the Eastern U.S. and to a lesser extent the West Coast. Check out our Adirondack collection made with Soft Maple.

This information comes courtesy of American Hardwoods: Treasured for Generations.

Canadian Online Shoppers: Our Furniture Is Available Soon

Manchester Wood in CanadaManchester Wood purchased ManchesterWood.ca and plans to sell direct to Canadian customers by Spring 2015.

For Ed and Luke Eriksen, 2nd and 3rd generations of Manchester Wood, Canada will be the first international market they’ve planned the family heirloom brand expanding to in it’s 39-year history and 124th year in lineage as woodworkers.

Soon, Canadian customers will be able to purchase their American made brand staples like the Adirondack Chair, the Cherry Shaker Desk, and TV Tray Tables, among hundreds of other solid wood furniture choices entirely made by Manchester Wood in the United States, shipped directly to the customer’s door from their “mill” in Upstate New York.

“The days are soon over where we’ll have to turn down Canadian customers,” stated Luke Eriksen, Vice President, last week. “We want to provide convenience to all our customers.”

With that being said, Manchester Wood plans to continue their brand promise of a Quality Guarantee on every product and Free Shipping Always on every order to Canada… that’s quite a feat when you’re now talking international borders. “When we launch ManchesterWood.ca,” begins Ed Eriksen, President, “we want the experience to be very much the same as ManchesterWood.com. So we’re working with FedEx and UPS and we’re going to formulate a system that makes it possible to offer the same great savings on quality handcrafted solid wood products found at Manchester Wood in the U.S.”

Stay tuned Canadian customers! Soon you won’t have to be coming to us, we’ll be coming to you!

If you’d like to be notified when our Canadian online store is live, email service@manchesterwood.com.

Live Chat Now Available at ManchesterWood.com!

Manchester Wood marks 2015 The Year of the Customer! A year seeking to make our customer service even better. What’s one way? Live Chat support online of course!

Today marks a special day in ManchesterWood.com history. Live Chat has been made available on the site while browsing our furniture to help field any and all of your questions – custom options, shipping (yes, it’s free), how sturdy is it? (very) and anything else that comes up. That is of course, when we’re available at our offices for online chat. We’re a small business, and like our furniture we don’t outsource our customer service… it’s handled completely at the place we make our furniture in Granville, New York.

When we’re not available at that moment, a “Leave a message” option will appear instead of “Chat with us,” and you’ll be prompted on your information and questions for us, in which we’ll respond promptly to.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Feel free to call us anytime too at 1-800-660-6930, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm EST.