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!
When we started our company in 1976, American manufacturing was still on top. Then a little something called globalization happened. Companies began to realize that it was cheaper to make things in other countries with cheap labor and lower quality standards and then ship these inferior products back into the country where they could charge higher prices thanks to America’s strong economy. Throughout all this, we remained patient because we knew that we offered a superior product. As America turned its attention towards foreign, inexpensive furniture, we continued to make solid wood tables and chairs that met the highest standards of craftsmanship.
Slowly, as our landfills started to overflow with cheap and broken products made out of particleboard and plastic, America would start to change its habits. Over the past decade or so, there has been a real shift towards buying American again and our patience is being rewarded. Unlike all the new companies that are cropping up to take advantage of the renaissance of American manufacturing, we have almost four decades of heritage behind our USA-made furniture.
There are many advantages to buying our American made furniture. The first, and most obvious, advantage is the superior workmanship and materials that are used to make our products. A related advantage is our willingness to stand behind our products with our 100% quality guarantee.
Another important consideration is our appreciation for the rich heritage of furniture that is made in the USA. For example, our Shaker and Mission collections are both modeled on historically popular styles of design in this country. Another good example is our Adirondack Chair, which we see as the classic piece of upstate NY wood furniture.
Another advantage to buying our furniture is our level of environmental awareness. All of our furniture is made out of North American hardwood from certified sustainable forests across the Northeast. Also, since our furniture doesn’t have to be shipped internationally, less energy is wasted on transport.
Remember to buy American, and we hope you consider Manchester Wood for your next furniture purchase.
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.