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June 2013

American Made Wood Furniture, Solid Wood

Top 3 Reasons to Buy Made in USA Solid Wood Furniture

June 18, 2013


 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?

American Made Wood Furniture, Solid Wood

The Value of Solid Wood Bookshelves

June 13, 2013
Mission 46" Bookshelf

Mission 46" Bookshelf

At Manchester Wood we have an array of solid wood bookshelf furniture made in the USA. From Baker’s Shelves and Racks, to 3-shelf end tables, a Chairside Bookshelf, the practical options of our handcrafted solid wood furniture are ideal for any home. In this blog entry, we’re spotlighting a handful of solid wood bookshelves under the Mission furniture design.

Solid wood bookcases are an Americana staple; a showcase for valued books, photo albums, and artifacts of journey’s well spent. Our Mission 46” Bookshelf stands a nearly four feet tall with almost a foot between its three shelves offering ample space in classic form. It’s sister design, the Mission 30” Bookshelf is designed similarly to our popular Mission Underwindow Bookshelf with Adjustable Shelf which carries extra height, yet remaining with an ideal design around the windows. Both offer an adjustable shelf to fit your needs precisely.

Our classic Mission Bookcase, a solid wood bookshelf that stands four feet, six inches, with a depth of over a foot, and five shelves offers up storage space beyond our other present shelving options. It also features two adjustable shelves to meet your items that adorn this beautifully crafted piece of American made furniture.

Solid wood furniture ‘Made in USA’ 100% -- that's what we do. Solid wood bookshelves are an area of the American made furniture we provide; valued by the many customers we’ve provided, and continue to provide it to.

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What’s the Fuss About Cherry?

June 10, 2013

We would like to take a moment to shine the spotlight on our Solid Cherry Furniture Collection and explain what makes cherry such a desirable material when it comes to hardwood furniture.

There are many species of cherry trees in the world. Some produce the cherries that you find in the supermarket, others are known for their beautiful blossoms. As furniture makers, we have different concerns: we make our solid cherry furniture out of the black cherry tree (Prunus serotina) which features neither succulent fruit nor lush blossoms.

Black cherry can be recognized by its distinctive bark.

Black cherry can be recognized by its distinctive bark.

The virtues of black cherry lie in the wood itself.  It can grow to be quite large, occasionally measuring almost a hundred feet tall and fifty inches in diameter, which means that it can be used to make nice wide boards that showcase the grain.

Grain is a major reason that solid cherry furniture is so desirable: it is usually tight and straight, making it easy to work, yet rippled, creating a complex yet subtle pattern that is very pleasing to the eye. The beautiful grain also accentuates the natural colors of the wood. Cherry is known for its distinctive pinkish hue. When the wood is first harvested, the color can be understated, but over time it becomes richer and darker, much like mahogany. We further enhance the beauty of the wood by applying finishes that are specifically intended to accent the beautiful color already present in cherry.

If you are interested in our cherry products, check our Rectangular Cherry Coffee Table. It has an nice broad surface that shows off the wood’s rich grain, as well as a lower shelf for out-of-the-way storage of magazines, books, remotes or other living room clutter. Generally, when it comes to coffee tables, cherry is one of our favorite materials, as they are often the surface that people spend the most time looking at in their homes.

Another one of our favorites is our Cherry Shaker Sofa Console Table. Our sofa tables are designed to go either behind or next to a couch. They are sleek enough to not take up extra space while simultaneously providing enough surface area to be useful. Cherry sofa tables can be combined with a cherry coffee table and a cherry end table to create a stunning living room set that will have your guests fawning all over it.

As with everything we make, our solid cherry furniture is 100% made in the USA using timber from sustainable forests.