Manchester Wood’s first Adirondack Chair, 1984-85.
The History of Adirondack Chair …The first Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee while vacationing in Westport, New York, in the Adirondack Mountains in 1903. Needing outdoor chairs for his summer home, he tested his early efforts on his family. After arriving at a final design for a “Westport plank chair,” he offered it to a carpenter friend in Westport in need of a winter income, Harry Bunnell. Bunnell saw the commercial potential of such an item being offered to Westport’s summer residents, and apparently without asking Lee’s permission filed for and received a U.S. patent in 1905. Bunnell manufactured hemlock plank “Westport chairs” for the next twenty years, painted in green or medium dark brown, and individually signed by him.
Originally the chair was called the Westport Plank Chair, but was renamed the Adirondack Chair after the mountain range Westport is located in; the Adirondacks.
The style has also been adapted to other types of furniture, such as swing gliders and love seats.
The History of our Adirondack Chair … father-in-law to current President and Founder of Manchester Wood, Clifford Pierce – a decorated veteran as well as an entrepreneur – he had already founded a successful steel-crafting business prior to founding his woodworking company – Cliff became interested in Adirondack chairs during summers spent with his family at their lakefront camp on Lake George in New York, just a few country miles from “the mill” (Manchester Wood). Continue Reading…
Our classic folding Adirondack chair is made of American hardwood and finished with a rugged weather-resistant acrylic paint. However sometimes maintenance is necessary in keeping this authentic solid wood outdoor furniture piece in top condition as the seasons pass. So this spring, as you bring your Manchester Wood Adirondack chairs out to greet the warmer weather, here are a few simple steps we recommend.
Clean by wiping any accumulated dirt or dust off from storage with a solution of warm soapy water and a soft cloth.
Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry thoroughly too.
Does it need a touch-up? Our high quality Adirondack chair was finished with an exterior paint from Sherwin-Williams. If you need to touch-up any of your pieces visit the Sherwin-Williams store nearest you and tell them you need a high quality exterior acrylic paint. The original color can be matched there.
And lastly, enjoy it! We hope the warmer months ahead bring you many great memories on your deck, dock, or patio this year in our Adirondack chairs. Be sure to check out our entire Adirondack collection — you’ll find new dining sets!
Have any good tips on taking care of your Adirondack chairs? Let us know in the comments section below!
A perfect gift for your loved one this season… authentic Adirondack folding chairs. Including the ideal: Adirondack Love Seat & Coffee Table.
Adirondack folding chairs run synonymously with Manchester Wood. It’s at our mill in the Adirondacks where we refine and perfect the solid wood Adirondack chair. A quintessential piece to the Coastal home, Manchester Wood’s Adirondack folding chairs are some of the most comfortable Adirondack chairs you can buy. Made entirely in the Adirondack region of New York from locally harvested solid maple hardwood with an exceptionally durable finish and rust-resistant hardware – our Adirondack furniture is authentic, and built to last.
Our famous Adirondack folding chair design has been on the cover of many top mail-order catalogs and featured by numerous lifestyle brands for years. Its authentic Adirondack style, comfortable design and superior durability have made it so popular that we’ve decided to offer these new Manchester Wood exclusive designs with the same functionality and solid wood craftsmanship.
It takes us back to earlier days of growing up around Lake George, New York just a few country miles from our mill. At the lake house, in the garden or on your back porch… our Adirondack folding chairs
are ideal for relaxing outdoors in comfort and style. Take advantage of our 10% OFF sale on all Adirondack furniture going right now at ManchesterWood.com.