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“From the forest and the forge”

February 15, 2017

"From the forest and the forge"Cliff Pierce - Founder of Manchester Wood and Pierce Industries

It wasn’t long ago when Cliff Pierce set out on a mission. To bring design, product distinction, and “the dream” in its simplest yet golden form.

Pierce Industries was started in the most positive of ways. Cliff always seemed to see life that way, and my grandmother would attest to the early days of the punch press hammering away in the basement. They were simpler times, I’ve been told, and the “Parisian Flower Cart” became his Model T.

“We’d make 1,200 a day on a 6-day work week at the height of it,” those who still remain state with a sense of pride. After all, it wasn’t just Cliff at his punch press anymore.

As Manchester Wood got started up in 1976, in many ways it was a reprise, back in a small shop… this time with wood.

“All we had back then was a rotary shaper, 8″ table saws, an overarm pin router, and 4′ x 4′ spray booths” Cliff’s son-in-law and now Company President Ed Eriksen proclaims. “As we got more business, the building grew and so did our machines and operating systems.” It was becoming a more complex time, China was really entering the market in a bigger way, the “TV Tray Table” became the new Model T.

“We used to manufacture 60,000 sets a year back in the day,” Ed informs, “we were selling a ton of items, the #602, #250, #100…” he rattles off the SKU numbers.

Since then the business model has evolved; the days of manufacturing at such a high volume shifted into now finding ourselves making less quantity, but at a wider variety with even higher quality and customer care. We’ve become more of a retailer, as well as the maker, of some of the finest solid wood furniture made in the USA on the market today.

Cliff’s ultimate culmination in the reprise was merging the two companies together: “from the forest and the forge” he would market the line of both metal and wood products. This past year, in our 40th year of business, we decided to re-introduce metal and wood products with the items below.

Metal & Wood Shaker Furniture - Manchester Wood

American Made Wood Furniture, Featured Furniture

Top 5 Holiday Furniture Items

December 7, 2016

Top 5 Holiday Trending Furniture ItemsOrder by 12/11 and receive these top trending TV trays, solid wood end table and cherry wood coffee table by Christmas.

 

TV Trays Set of 4, Large Rectangular1. Large Rectangular Folding TV Tray Table Set of 4

A classic design for TV trays, the Large Rectangular Folding Tray Table Set has been our most popular for over 30 years. As the best-selling item for not only the holiday season, but the entire year, these TV trays fit well into any decor with great functional quality and a guarantee to boot (all our items carry a Quality Guarantee).

 

 

 

 

Cherry Wood TV Trays Set of 4, Large Rectangular2. Large Rectangular Cherry TV Tray Table Set of 4

A new solid cherry wood version of the typical solid Ash trays mentioned at #1, the Large Rectangular Cherry TV Tray Table Set offers a more distinguished appeal with the always gorgeous, cherry wood. Offered in both Natural and Heritage stains, cherry wood furniture ages in tone and hue from sunlight, offering a truly one-of-a-kind heirloom quality furniture piece. This is one of the reasons we believe this has been such a great seller this holiday season.

 

 

 

Wood TV Trays Set of 4, Contemporary

3. Contemporary Folding TV Tray Table Set of 4

The “contemporary” set of tray tables have been a mainstay in the “most popular” category. Designed with 21st century function in mind, the table top has a curve to offer someone a more up-close feel and command of the space for doing work on a laptop, paying bills, for the kids or grand-kids playing on the couch. Aside from the “TV dinner” culture popularized in the ’50’s, this design among others like the Portable Laptop Table are an extension to a new era of work life at home and the practicality of such with TV trays.

 

 

 

Mission style end table4. Mission End Table

We’ve heard from so many customers on how hard it is to find good quality Mission style furniture, so much to our delight, this Mission End Table has been a top seller during the holiday season. Conveniently sized at 22″ wide by 20″ deep, this solid wood end table is compact yet offers lots of space on the top surface, large shelf, and deep drawer. With sturdy legs, this classic Mission style piece is built to last, and fits well into most home decor choices.

 

 

 

Cherry Wood Coffee Table

5. Oval Cherry Coffee Table

Another gorgeous solid Cherry wood furniture choice in either Heritage or Natural stain, the Oval Cherry Coffee Table is not only our most popular coffee table, but a top 5 seller this holiday season site-wide. With a stain resistant lacquer finish, and beautiful, sustainable, natural cherry hardwood, this item is both elegant and practical for daily use. Built to last, and like all our items, proudly made in the USA.

 

 

Do you own any of these items or considering them? Share with us below!

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Wood Benches in the Mudroom

August 23, 2016

Wood Benches - MudroomPretty soon, nice solid wood benches will make sense through Fall, Winter, and Spring in the “mudroom.”

Wood benches. It makes sense. Winter is just around the corner. That means wet boots, muddy dog paws, little scatters of melting snow, and piles of schoolbooks. Around these parts many homes have an important collection place, the mudroom. Unlike a front entry, much less formal, the mudroom is usually a home’s secondary entrance. It’s the hardworking space and very helpful for keeping the house clean and organized. There are key elements to the mudroom that’s worth one’s salt. Hooks and Racks to hang coats, hats, scarves to maximize space and keep cool weather gear arranged in one convenient spot. A tile floor with washable floor mats both durable and easy to clean. Some who have the space would install a sink or move the laundry from the basement to this space. After all, it’s much quicker to toss dirty clothes and linens directly into the wash without dirtying the rest of the house. Next on the checklist would be a wood bench. When you come home or back inside from the weather you probably should remove your shoes. A sturdy wood bench allows you to take a seat to remove your footwear before you enter the rest of the house. We carry several great options for the mudroom.

We routinely receive compliments on the Shaker Pew Mudroom Bench from our loyal customers. The Shaker style of furniture dates back to the 18th century. The Shaker principles of simplicity, honesty and humility were reflected in the crafts and furnishings they produced. This item fits nicely in most mudrooms or entryways and allows you to conceal a few pair of footwear underneath its sturdy frame.

A new wood bench from us, the Mission Mudroom Bench offers a seat back and shelving below, providing ample storage for shoes and comfortable sitting.

Ensured by our Quality Guarantee, our wooden benches are produced from local North American hardwood from forests regulated to employ and maintain environmental sustainability practices.