“Quality Always Finds A Home”

A catalog shot of our Adirondack folding chairs we wholesale for a premier American lifestyle brand.
A catalog shot of Adirondack folding chairs we make exclusively for a premier American lifestyle brand.

That’s what a great commercial actor friend of mine Boise Thomas said on his recent trip to visit the mill. He said a lot of other insightful things, but that was one of the last I wrote down as my parents and I sat around listening to all he had to say. Boise has booked over a 100 nationwide commercials, including spots for McDonald’s, Canon, Pillsbury, and more – not to mention time spent as a host for a Discovery channel program and M.C. for various festivals. After all that 15+ years experience acting and hosting he, I could tell, has gained much more than simply acting out a pitch for a brand, he knew what was selling it. From what I could gather from him ‘the sell’ for us is the heirloom quality solid wood furniture we make, the ‘Made in USA’ small town appeal, and the Motel 6 Tom Bodett-style simple, honest, genuine American business language (read that story here) that has a 3rd generation family-run business like Manchester Wood selling furniture; and I’d have to agree.

‘Made in the USA’ furniture is what we are, right to the bone. My grandfather started a metalworking factory in the basement of his home, shook hands with J.C. Penney (the man), and took off with the country he had fought proudly for in the forefront of everything involving his business. “Create U.S. jobs” was always his thing and what he spoke much about around the dinner table.

‘Made in USA’ for us isn’t just a smart marketing slogan for an upcoming hip brand, it’s the gritty truth of Manchester Wood’s always in ALL ways USA made furniture. I think the Tom Bodett, “We’ll leave the light on for you” aspect will find more light later through some upcoming campaigns, but it can also just as easily be seen now through the blogs we’ve been writing and other materials through my father and grandfather. It’s a homey realism of what we have to offer you. No filler, just the facts, and that’s quality solid wood furniture that’ll be an antique someday. American heirloom classics brought to you new, that’s what we make.

Luke and his dad, Manchester Wood's President, Ed Eriksen.
Luke and his dad, Manchester Wood’s President, Ed Eriksen.

I can’t thank Boise enough for a great visit, with a touch of business advice for the family and myself to reflect on. To be proud of what you’re doing is a great feeling, and he sure helped with that. To know “quality always finds a home,” sure let’s me know Manchester Wood: American Made Furniture will always find a home.

Anything you’d like to share with us? On our business and what you’d like to see? Or what you’re feeling proud about doing? Let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you.

Much Gratitude,

Luke Eriksen

Manchester Wood: American Made Furniture

American Made Furniture In The Cottage

Claire Gagnon Art
Claire Gagnon Art

When it comes to American furniture manufacturers, Manchester Wood is the leading provider of solid wood furniture ‘Made in USA’ for the lake house, cottage, and country home. From quintessential Mission and Shaker style furniture to TV tray tables and Adirondack folding chairs. We’re from the roots of these styles in furniture and the quality we present their historical yet timeless nature.

As the summer heats up, our Adirondack folding chair, with its partnering side table and footrest finds the height of its use. Although indoor items shouldn’t be overlooked when uplifting your summer cottage and home experience with the best in USA made furniture. Shaker tables are great for the country home, as well as our Mission Compact Desk, which is ideal for the cabin writer, and the Mission Underwindow Bookcase for storing away books while still capturing the pristine views overlooking its shelving. Newer items, such as our Urban Camp table trays bring a universal, thoughtful approach to a convenient design for small space solutions.

Also the Montauk Collection, a mobile and stationary aesthetic provides the outdoorsman a break from the stream and a place to sit with a loved one on the deck, dock, or porch with the Montauk Double Seat, and partnering coffee table and end table alongside the Montauk Chair.

Take a look at the array of premium solid wood furniture from Manchester Wood; where more than 70 American craftspeople stand behind it. Backed by our Quality Guarantee. 100% Made in USA. Free Shipping Always.

Top 3 Reasons to Buy Made in USA Solid Wood Furniture


 1.     Consumer Quality

There is no question the furniture we make at Manchester Wood is ‘built to last.’ That’s a major slogan you’ll find in much of our marketing materials, let alone the resources we use in crafting our furniture. We’re antique shoppers and thrifters at heart – we strive to make our furniture destined for a great find many years from now; and some of our products have already been found in such places! There is no question our furniture – for its heirloom quality – is affordably priced. Our value is in the dedication to solid wood when most competitors moved to cheaper resources like plastics and lower grade wood (like particle board). We’ve remained American hardwood; that’s the kind-of solid wood that makes a grown man able to stand on a Manchester Wood TV tray table without anything happening. Try that at a box store emphasizing cheap short-term quantity over long-lasting American quality!

2.     American Jobs

We all remember fondly when we started out as a solid wood furniture manufacturer under the name Manchester Wood that Cliff’s mission was never profit based but job based. “The more jobs we can make, the better,” he’d often say. Today we follow that same principle the best we can while still competing with corporate agendas under different ideals. Manchester Wood is a family-run business that operates as families do, not as a corporation. As American furniture manufacturers we recognize the importance of things made in America – here – at home. We stand in a new America and say, “we want quality, affordability, and a sense of where things we support come from.” Made in USA furniture is our pride and creed; it flows through each part of the work process and each material used here at the mill. Our product proves that, and you’ll find that when it arrives at your door.

3.     Corporate Ethics

Whenever we’re at a corporate event and someone recognizes we’re still 100% made in the USA the reaction almost always is, “Wow! How do you still do it?” And the response we usually give is something like, “It’s been hard…” but we believe as the quality of life and the demand for it rises in China we’ll be stronger and more competitive again. We believe when you purchase American made furniture, or other made in USA items you support just that: a healthier work environment for everyone with higher pay, labor laws to protect people, health benefits to save and strengthen, and reasonable work hours to get you home for dinner. You’re doing your part in re-structuring corporate ethics and how we reflect in business globally and domestically when you purchase from us, or other entirely made in USA companies. 

Those are the Top 3 Reasons we think you should buy ‘Made in USA,’ what are yours?