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When It’s Time to Mow

August 24, 2017

Written by Luke Eriksen, 3rd generation employee

I’m cutting the grass at my house, and like my grandfather always felt, it’s a good time for thinking. And there’s plenty of that going on these days… thinking about jobs, happiness, how “to make it” in today’s America. There’s still a lot of dreaming going on, but a helluva lot more people think it’s more of a nightmare I imagine than how my grandfather and his peers ever looked at it.

“Just leave me that patch over there,” he would order, pointing his finger across his backyard that sprawled downward for a few good acres. “I’ll let you boys do the rest.” My grandfather, or “Pop” as he was called, bought 40 acres in the mid-eighties and had his family build houses on it. Sure, the acreage was for toys, but I really think for my grandfather it was more for mowing… his favorite hobby it seemed.

My dad loves to tell the story of looking out our window one Sunday afternoon to find me on Pop’s great big farm tractor with a solid 15-foot mower deck. At the mere age of 8 or 9 I sat high in the seat as Pop directed along. From the time I was 6, we had wood blocks under the tractor seats to skip the weight limit so the motor would start for all us kids, a giant wood block to extend the clutch petal to our feet.

Every weekend my cousin Andrew and I would mow and mow those fields. Put in a solid days work, and the big deal was always coming in at the end of the day to my Pop’s house for a Klondike bar and soda. Two things you couldn’t escape his house without; even if you tried.

I didn’t think anything of it then, and it took me a good 20 years after to really get the preciousness and trust of the whole thing. Letting really young kids take care of your yard.

But back to thinking…

I’m mowing my yard today, much smaller, and by push no less with a helluva hill. So I’m breaking way more of a sweat than on the sit down tractors. I’m thinking about business, my family, bills, strategy, new ideas, and getting excited about my thoughts behind my dreams. I’ve realized why my Pop left some of those acres for himself even when he had plenty of help, and left a whole bunch more for us kids. We had to find time to think, reflect, put in more hard work, and then think again.

It sure wouldn’t be a bad idea for more people in this country to hop on their mowers at home and give it a try.

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I’ve got a short story on the President of Manchester Wood

June 13, 2017

Eriksen Racing - Block 1 and 2

 

Eriksen Racing - Block 3

Those who know us know racing has been a big part of my Dad’s and my life.

I’m pondering all the times spent with my Dad as we approach Father’s Day. From my first football helmet and pads tackling each other in the yard, to driving and rolling over the Honda Odyssey through our trails (no, not the mini-van, a caged ATV from the 80’s). Among a million memories, the loudest and most prominent has been auto racing.

From 10 to 21 years old we went to the race track pretty much every weekend, sometimes for more like a week at a time as I got older and racing became more serious. We had plenty of help from family and friends, especially as the cars got bigger and faster, but only one person was there from day one when I won my first double feature, my Dad.

We started in the back of his Chevy Suburban carrying the go-cart, to a 36 foot goose-neck trailer (as my Dad would specify) racing a “full-sized” 360 dirt sprint car. He sacrificed a ton of time and resources to make racing possible for me.

Not all Dad’s are as generous with their time and effort, and as I get more involved with our family business, I’ve realized even more how much of a sacrifice it was, and how challenging it must have been to be doing it all. Of course, not just to be “doing it,” but doing it “right,” with hard work, unwavering consistency, “to the best of our ability” …much like how Manchester Wood operates.

To the Dad’s reading this blog, to my Dad, and everyone else. We appreciate you. Find enjoyment in the upcoming weekend, and take it easy for once in your life, will ya? 😉

Ed Eriksen - Eriksen Racing

Happy Father's Day!

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Wood Furniture Care: Spring Cleaning

April 28, 2017

Wood Furniture Care - Manchester Wood

Dealing with dust bunnies on your Manchester Wood furniture?

Here is a wood furniture care solution:

When learning how to clean solid wood furniture and approaching wood furniture care, use a damp cloth and high-quality wood cleaner. Check out Seventh Generation’s Wood Cleaner using USDA Certified Biobased Product fragranced with essential oils and botanical extracts from lemon and chamomile. You could also try Method’s Wood for Good Cleaner, another non-toxic, plant-based cleaner that smells like almond.

Apply monthly, or as you see fit, to a clean cloth, and polish in the direction of the grain, then buff. For regular maintenance, a damp cloth does the trick.

Something to avoid: Don’t use household polishes with products that contain petroleum distillates or silicone, common ingredients that can leave residue.

Wood furniture is beautiful, and something we majorly enjoy in our house, as well as design and build for our customers across the country. With a little bit of maintenance, you’ll have your wood furniture looking brand new for years to come.

 

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