Buying Not Because It’s Easy

Testimonals at Manchester WoodOur furniture isn’t easy to find unless you know us. And if you’ve found us, you’ve discovered something very hard to find.

We recently had a consultant come into the factory who mentioned the famous JFK speech on going to the moon. It was about how JFK as a leader stood up and said essentially, we’re going to the moon… we don’t know how we’ll do it, we haven’t the slightest idea exactly how it’ll all work out… but we will do it regardless of obstacles. Casting out the high expectancies of a dream not knowing when but knowing someday in earnest it will be vindicated is what being a visionary leader is all about. As he said:

Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

At Manchester Wood why do we choose the goal of producing 100% Made in USA furniture? Not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard. Why do we choose to sell truly authentic solid wood furniture rather than from cheaper materials? Not because it’s easier, because it’s harder. Better, stronger, long lasting, and affordable quality. This is the challenge that we’re willing to accept and not postpone as NASA and JFK had done with going to the moon.

Against all odds, determination will prevail. As it always has done. It’s not easy to find companies like Manchester Wood online. We’re not a big company with a wide reach. But the customers that find us aren’t looking to discover something easy, they discover us because they’re looking for something that’s hard to find. The simple notion that quality and care go hand-in-hand.


American Made Furniture Today

There’s a few of us still making truly American made furniture. Instead of looking at it as competitors it’s more like counterparts in a great revival of American craftsmanship.

American Made Furniture: Manchester WoodWhen you take a look around our neighborhood it’s easy to find craftspeople. It’s a storied tradition here in the Slate Valley region nestled on the Vermont-New York border. From the mines to the barns, mills, and factories, you’ll find people still making products today. American made furniture is what a few of us still bring to the table of American crafts. From nearby Dorset, Vermont we have Dorset Custom Furniture. In the frozen tundra of up-upstate New York near Syracuse we have Harden Furniture, and in the far rolling hills of Northern Vermont you have Lyndon Furniture. Each of us has a story; and our stories are just a few of the one’s told by the many people who keep the American made furniture legacy alive (more include Gat Creek, Vaughan-Bassett, Canal Dover, Copeland, etc.) Surrounded by fellow craftspeople, we furniture makers find a love and dedication to the crafts of enriching your home with beautifully authentic solid wood furniture.

It’s something you may know we take great pride in at Manchester Wood. After all, American made furniture is in our name. Take a moment, click the above links, check out the artisans to the mass manufacturer and you’ll discover a piece of America is still alive in crafting much like our ancestors did. This was the American made furniture of yesterday, and it’s American made furniture of today too.

Read our story here. Do you have a story to tell around crafting anything in America? Either yourself or family member? Share with us now in the comment section below!


Bring The Hamptons Home This Summer

Hamptons Summer Montauk CollectionThe Hamptons, the epicenter of cutting-edge east coast vacation style for metropolitan New Yorkers. As woodcrafters from the Adirondack foothills of New York – the “North Country” – we’ve combined the appeal of coastal living with Adirondack sensibility in the Montauk Collection.

The Montauk Collection features sturdy, solid wood furniture. Handcrafted from solid American ash hardwood and protected with a tough durable exterior finish; each piece reflects the quality and timeless design Manchester Wood: American Made Furniture is known for. The unique foldable design features two-piece construction for easy transport and storage. From indoor to outdoor, lake house to beachfront, patio to the park for a soccer game… furniture that’s as portable or stationary­ as you want to be.

Hamptons Montauk ChairThe Montauk Collection includes the Montauk Chair, the Montauk Double Seat (Love Seat), the Montauk Side Table (End Table), the Montauk Coffee Table, and Montauk Youth Chair (recommended for children 3 to 8). In addition to being ideal for outdoor activities, all pieces function as great stationary furniture in any part of the home and are particularly ideal for small spaces in the apartment or condo. When it’s time to go or to stow away, simply pull apart the two pieces and slide them together, transforming the furniture piece into a carrying case for easy storage. And like all Manchester Wood solid wood furniture, every piece of the Montauk Collection is made in the U.S.A.

What are your summer plans? Could you see the Montauk Collection in them? Shop now