What Ever Happened to Manchester Wood?


 


Manchester Wood was founded in 1976 and spent 42 years manufacturing solid wood furniture in the state of Vermont. At its peak, the company was generating $8-12 million per year in revenue and employed close to 200 people.

The founder, Clifford “Cliff” Pierce, built Manchester Wood into a multi-million dollar business by selling in bulk to retailers across the country. He had over 300 wholesale clients including LL Bean, Crate & Barrel, JC Penney, Sears, Pottery Barn, Macy’s, and more.

The business was known for building high-quality, solid wood furniture. The most popular products were mission style bookcases and sofa tables, adirondack chairs, and folding desks and tray tables. It was a multi-generation family business.

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Save the Monarchs Tour 2019

Last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 11:40 am

Saving the Monarch Butterfly | Vermont Woods Studios
Monarch butterflies are a favorite species here at Vermont Woods Studios. They spend summers in Vermont and then migrate to Mexico for the winter.  We’re working to conserve their habitat in both places.

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Tomorrow’s Environmental Scientists

Last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 11:38 am

“I believe the children are our future. Teach them well & let them lead the way.”     Linda Creed

Third grader looking through a microscope | Environmental Science Field Trip
Every year Vermont Woods Studios sponsors an environmental science field trip for the 3rd graders at Vernon Elementary School VES.  We partner with VES teacher, Lisa McKenney and the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center BEEC.  A big thank you to our customers who make this project possible!

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Green Up Day at Vermont Woods Studios

Last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 11:39 am

Green Up Day 2019 | Vermont Woods Studios
Vermont residents have a wonderful tradition of volunteering to clean up our highways & byways every Spring. At Vermont Woods Studios, Green Up Day has become an annual ritual. Can you tell we love doing it? From L to R: Greg, Ken, Sean, Michelle (one leg and one arm only), Peggy, Geoff, Martin, Liz, JerBo and Riley.  Thanks to Nina, our Creative Director for the photos!

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VWS Monarch Update, 2018

Last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 11:46 am

Today is El Dia de los Muertos

Monarch Butterflies Roosting in Mexico | Vermont Woods Studios | Sustainable Furniture

I thought today would be a good day to update you on our VWS monarch conservation efforts. Every year, with an uncanny sense of timing, monarch butterflies complete their epic migration and arrive in Mexico on November 1st. Read More

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Climate Change & the Furniture Industry

Last updated on July 23rd, 2020 at 09:15 am

Sustainably crafted wood dining table and chair shot outside on mountain hillside

UN’s Climate Change Report, October 2018

This week the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued it’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees C.  One conclusion was that our planet has only 12 years to stem catastrophic climate change. Yikes! Read More

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Are Monarchs Making a Comeback?

Last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 11:47 am

Monarchs Making a Comeback | Milkweed | Vermont Woods Studios
Two monarch butterflies taking nectar from the blossoms of a common milkweed plant. Thanks to Martin Langeveld who took this recent photo on Meadow Road in Vernon, VT. Are monarchs making a comeback in your neighborhood?

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We’ll Miss You, Lincoln Brower

Last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 11:47 am

The Father of Monarch Research

Save the Monarchs Tour | Lincoln Brower | Jose Luis Alvarez | Peggy Farabaugh
Two years ago, Jose Luis Alvarez and I were inspired by Dr Brower to travel through New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, raising awareness about the plight of the monarchs. We spoke at Harvard, Yale, the Boston Museum of Science, the Philadelphia Zoo and a number of other venues.  Our last stop on the “Save the Monarchs Tour” was in Sweet Briar, VA to visit with Dr. Brower. What a pleasure.

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Why We Sponsored a Field Trip for 3rd Graders

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 11:43 am

3rd Grade Field Trip | Sponsored by Vermont Woods Studios | Small Company. Big Mission
Students from our local elementary school are learning about Vermont’s forests & vernal pools from Joan Carey, an educator at BEEC (Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center) and Cynthia Hill, a volunteer at 4Winds.

Small Company. Big Mission.

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