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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 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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The Legacy of the Adirondack Chair and the Rebirth in Local Family Business

April 26, 2017

The Adirondack region is a vast unique wilderness that people visit to experience the centuries-old tradition of outdoor exploration and adventure. Whether you come to hike and breathe the clean mountain air, explore the lakes region or take in the many small villages each with their own unique flare you may notice a common distinctly identifiable item… Distinct Adirondack Furniture.

The story of how this iconic centuries old design came about is true Americana.

The first Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903 at the large summer retreat he and his family frequented each summer, a large camp located in Westport, New York, on the banks of Lake Champlain. Lee was a tinkerer. He sought to create outdoor furniture for him and his family for their retreat that was rugged yet comfortable.

All summer long he worked on the design, adjusting the angles, using his family members as his test until he was satisfied. Lee arrived at a design known as the “Westport plank chair”. It doesn’t appear that he had any intention to manufacture the design. At this point they were nothing more than homemade family chairs.

Enter Harry Bunnell a carpenter friend and hunting companion to Lee. As the legend goes, while hunting together in the Autumn of 1903 Bunnell mention that he was in need of winter income. Lee’s (condensed) reply – “Why don’t you make and sell some of those big chairs?” So Lee offered up his design to Bunnell probably thinking he had helped solve his friends’ winter income dilemma. Bunnell began building his version of Lee’s chairs out of hemlock or basswood and staining them in green or medium dark brown. The residents and visitors of Westport fell in love with the design so much that Bunnell was challenged to keep pace with the demand.  In early 1904 (minus Lee’s permission) Bunnell filed for a patent (No. 794,777) on “his” chair design naming it the Westport Plank Chair.

Cliff Pierce - Manchester Wood

Cliff Pierce poses at his wrought iron factory in the 80’s in Upstate New York.

Flash forward sixty years to another tinkerer, a fast-rising businessman Cliff Pierce from Walden, New York.

Pierce had made his way into the Lake George area, through a unique opportunity to purchase a portion of an unkempt lakefront neighborhood for a bargain price. Continue Reading…