The Adirondack Chair

15 05 2014

IMAG0091-1I love the Adirondack Chair. It’s comfortable. It’s functional. It’s classical. It beckons throughout any season to sit, relax, and set a steaming or refreshing drink on its signature wide armrests. The Adirondack Chair didn’t originate from the Pacific Northwest, but we’ve embraced it wholly on this coast. Whether the Adirondack Chair sits at a lodge in the Cascade Mountain Range or a cabin on the Pacific Northwest Coast, I slide into its slanted seat and unwind. In those moments, life slows down and my senses awaken.

We have Thomas Lee to thank for these masterpieces. Mr. Lee vacationed on Lake Champlain in Westport, New York in the Adirondack Mountain Range. IMG_1190-1He invented a chair in 1903 for his family who tested his designs and helped him perfect the “Westport Plank Chair.” He cut eleven pieces of wood from one plank, slanted the seat and back to keep upright on the uneven mountain ground, and made extra wide armrests to accommodate a drink. He shared his plans with his carpenter friend, Harry Bunnell, who promptly stole the design, started his own business, and received the U.S. patent for the “Westport Plank Chair” by 1905. Mr. Bunnell signed each chair, and vintage Bunnell chairs now sell for thousands of dollars. So, we also have him to thank for making these chairs public. Irving Wolpin modified and patented the modern Adirondack Chair in 1938.

Anytime you come across a Westport Plank, Adirondack or any other version, grab a cup (plates work well, too!), take a seat, and absorb your environment.

 

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28 05 2014
The Adirondack Chair

[…] The Adirondack Chair I love the Adirondack Chair. It’s comfortable. It’s functional. It’s classical. It beckons throughout any season to sit, relax, and set a steaming or refreshing drink on its signature wide armrests. The Adirondack Chair didn’t originate from the Pacific Northwest, but we’ve embraced it wholly on thi … more info… […]

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