Overview of walpole plant in Maine in the 40s

Our History

From small town woods in Walpole, MA to a world of opportunity

Since 1933, the artisans of Walpole Outdoors have been delivering craftsmanship without compromise. Over the course of 90 years, Walpole has developed and refined handcrafting tools,  incorporated the latest technology, and invested in skilled, knowledgeable employees. Our commitment is always customer focused – to ensure that the Walpole Outdoors products you choose will meet your specific needs, match your sense of style, and delight you for many years to come. This uncompromising commitment to quality and craftsmanship has prepared us to meet our customers’ needs today with an unwavering vision to deliver the best in outdoor living.

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If an inspirational location can stimulate great ideas, then the dense woods of Walpole, MA are to be revered for posterity. It was here amidst the cedar trees that P.R. Allen made the decision to start a fence company and staff it with area residents. This new employment opportunity was a life-altering decision for many, as the year was 1933 and America was in the midst of The Great Depression.

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During WWII, Walpole’s female employees drove the trucks and also hand-peeled timbers in the furniture department for the rustic furniture line. With the addition of two company-owned mills in Maine, Walpole dramatically increased its production capabilities. The lumber of choice was Northern White Cedar, noted for its durability, decay resistance, and handsome good looks. At the same time, Walpole craftsmen were building impressive custom machinery to help handle increasing demand, including advanced sawing and sanding tools.

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Walpole Outdoors invented a unique factory pre-staining system that coats wood more evenly than any other process, thereby ensuring aesthetic consistency and eliminating unsightly paint mess onsite. Products crafted in wood by Walpole were now running the gamut from standard and custom fence styles and pergolas, to arbors, trellis, gates, railing, mail and pillar posts, outdoor furniture, architectural detailing, and much more.

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Through careful planning, decades of experience, a skilled workforce, and by controlling the entire process from forest to finish, Walpole consistently met the promise of exceptional quality, impressive style, and customer-pleasing selection. The company’s reputation was so highly regarded that in 1974 Walpole Woodworkers appeared on the premier episode of PBS TV’s This Old House. The relationship is ongoing.

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Instrumental to the growth of Walpole Woodworkers were its knowledgeable staff at retail showrooms, nationwide sales expertise, and diverse design choices on its website. To meet the increasing demand for low maintenance outdoor products, the company invested in studying advanced wood-alternative materials. In 2006, Walpole became a leader in solid cellular vinyl, crafting fence, pergolas, arbors, and other outdoor structures. A partnership with Sherwin Williams and an investment in more than 50 proprietary dies enabled the creation of seamless beams, joists, pickets, and caps. Recognizing its evolving offerings outside of woodworking, the company rebranded as Walpole Outdoors in 2015.

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A proud past, an exciting tomorrow

Today's Walpole Outdoors remains true to its pioneering spirit and legacy of handcrafted quality. With an unparalleled commitment to service and design expertise, the company offers an infinite array of product options to match the diverse lifestyles of its customers.

Looking forward with confidence and commitment through its attractive showrooms and significant online presence, Walpole Outdoors is reaching out to new and existing homeowners and businesses to help them live outside expectations.