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#MyNeckoftheWoods Series

Part 3: #MyNeckoftheWoods “Our Home” Series

August 19, 2016

Chris and Ed Eriksen [President] discussing design in the office. Granville, New York

Merging traditional furniture-making with modern concepts in design
and process has been a Manchester Wood staple for 40 years.

“For me building and designing is more about striking a balance, remembering what your goals are, not letting too many details over shadow the beauty of your materials or the functionality of the piece.” -Chris Bowlen, designer and sample maker

Written by Eric Henzie, Marketing Executive

In a post-British rule America, life was difficult. People had few resources, and the country was still being explored and developed. People were led to make do with what they had and they often had to find innovative ways to fix things. Americans began to refer to it as using yankee ingenuity. To this day, using ingenuity to solve a problem, or coming up with new and innovative ideas can be referred to as using old fashion yankee ingenuity. That hands on spirit and way of thinking lives on here at Manchester Wood.

I am sure you’ve had an “a-ha moment” where you suddenly realize there is a clear path forward. It is the point where the nature of the problem gives way to a clear and visible solution. Recently, we embarked on a new design concept. This concept began with a simple angle similar to the angle you would find on a sawhorse. These angles were the basis of a structure. As we constructed the elements around that angle we realized that we had found a unique craftsman aesthetic. That was the beginning of our Herrick Brook Collection (to be shown to you at the end of this series in the coming month).

To the furniture design layperson (namely me) watching Chris and crew working through a new product sample is actually a lot more complicated than it may seem. What I would view as a finished product normally has a two page bullet list of proposed issue resolutions. Our team strives to create products that the end consumer can assemble with ease. This approach is what is defined as design for assembly. This is a process by which products are designed with ease of assembly in mind. If a product contains fewer parts it will take less time to assemble, thereby eliminating any frustration our customers may encounter.

Do you like to create things? Or have a story about someone you care about who does? Is there a specific design or type of furniture you think we should offer? Tell us by commenting to this post, on our Facebook wall or tweeting #MyNeckoftheWoods @manchesterwood

Stay tuned for Part 4…