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Why Choose Solid Wood Furniture?

April 25, 2017

Solid Wood FurnitureSolid Wood Furniture: What does that mean? How do I know it’s solid wood? Why should I pay extra for it?

There’s a lot of unknowns for most shoppers around solid wood furniture. Why should I buy it? What exactly is it? And what are its benefits… At Manchester Wood, we make and sell exclusively solid wood furniture. And here’s why:

  • It brings a feel of quality décor to your home.
  • If it’s well built, solid wood furniture is incredibly durable and can last for generations.
  • There is a sustainability and ethical factor. We believe in Eco-friendly sourcing practices.
  • A common cheaper alternative is “veneer furniture,” and this is what works and what doesn’t:
    • It’s a lower investment, and an easier expense on a tighter budget
    • It gives the appearance of a larger selection of wood finishes and designs
    • It can be easier to match sometimes with a uniformed finish, because of its manufactured “fake” look
    • Commonly used with MDF, particleboard and other materials… BIG problem:
      • These materials are mixed with chemicals and glues to provide “strength”
      • They are lighter, makes it easier to manage, but doesn’t last long with major susceptibilities to damage that cannot be repaired

A lot of furniture retailers want you to buy without really looking at the materials. Be sure to check what the material is, and Google the name if you’re confused by it. As sometimes they put “dressed up” names on furniture materials to make it sound like solid wood. We truly love solid wood furniture at Manchester Wood, and not only do we enjoy making it and selling it to our customers for the last 40 years, but we love it in our own homes too.

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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

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Our L.L. Bean Adirondack Chair featured in Oprah Magazine!

January 24, 2017
Awesome to see @Oprah enjoying the Adirondack chair we make for @llbean in her latest magazine issue! Shop it now at LLBean.com #madeinusa #llbean #oprah

The Adirondack Chair we make for L.L. Bean is featured in the latest Oprah Magazine! That’s pretty cool!

We were delighted to find Oprah enjoying the Adirondack chair we make right here in Upstate New York for L.L. Bean.

If you’ve followed our blog at all, you know how much we love to tell the story of how our folding Adirondack chair was started with L.L. Bean (read The Legacy of the Adirondack Chair and the Rebirth in Local Family Business).

Whenever anyone features our product like this, whether as L.L. Bean, Manchester Wood, or any other company we make products for, we feel truly grateful. It provides us with acknowledgement and praise, something to tack up on the wall in the mill for all of us to get behind.

On behalf of Manchester Wood, we want to thank Oprah, L.L. Bean, and whomever else was involved in making this happen. We have many great catalog covers around our office featuring our products, and I’m sure this one will make its way as one of them.

To our customers, thank you for supporting quality, American made furniture. We enjoy everyday making products for you that are both beautiful and long lasting.

An American-made solid wood furniture maker and retailer since 1976.

Manchester Wood is a family owned business that designs and crafts honest, beautiful solid wood furniture for your home. And we we do it well. Each piece we make at our mill nestled between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack foothills of New York is a source of pride for us. We have been a long time home furnishings manufacturer for a bevy of prominent leading retailers.