History of Adirondack Chair

At Manchester Wood we pride ourselves on recreating and honoring the history of Adirondack chairs. Our hardwood folding Adirondack chair is it’s refinement.

History of Adirondack Chair
Manchester Wood’s first Adirondack Chair, 1984-85.

The History of Adirondack ChairThe 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.

(via Wikipedia)

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…

Adirondack Chair: 3 Steps To Ready Yours This Spring

Adirondack Chair - Manchester WoodOwn a Manchester Wood folding Adirondack Chair? Here are 3 simple steps to get it ready this spring!

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.

  1. Clean by wiping any accumulated dirt or dust off from storage with a solution of warm soapy water and a soft cloth.

  2. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry thoroughly too.

  3. 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 collectionyou’ll find new dining sets!

Have any good tips on taking care of your Adirondack chairs? Let us know in the comments section below!

Adirondack Folding Chair: Season Preview

Adirondack Folding Chair - Adirondack Chairs at Manchester WoodSnow may still be falling here at the mill, but the blades are heating up cutting the best Adirondack Folding Chair you can buy this Spring.

The rage is heavy plastic Adirondack chairs these days, but once the snow clears and the weather gets right nothing beats the authentic solid wood Adirondack Folding Chair made here in the Adirondack foothills at Manchester Wood. True design and craftsmanship from America’s workers in the heart of the community that’s origins produced this American classic. That’s what we provide behind a high quality and affordable priced Adirondack chair made in the USA.

Adirondack chairs folding became the premier design option in the mid-century, and Manchester Wood hopped on board producing Adirondack folding chairs out of solid maple hardwood for top mail-order catalogs across the country, which we continue to do so today. Our exclusive Adirondack folding chair design (pictured in this blog) is made available to the customer directly at ManchesterWood.com now, including new Adirondack furniture pieces to debut this spring! Take a look around the site, shop our Adirondack chairs, tete-a-tete’s, Adirondack furniture sets, end tables, coffee tables, and more.

So when shopping for Spring, look no further than our Adirondack Collection where you’ll find new and classic customer favorite Adirondack furniture options for the warmer seasons fast approaching!

Manchester Wood’s Adirondack chair was named Best of the Year in 1999 by The Wall Street Journal. Today our exclusive all-new Adirondack Folding Chair offers the design, functionality and values that take us back to earlier days of growing up around Lake George in the Adirondacks of New York, just a few country miles from our mill... If you own a Manchester Wood Adirondack chair, share your story with us in the comment section below. We love hearing from customers – especially when looking forward to a warmer season! :-) Also, if you’re a new customer and have any questions about these chairs, or any of our other solid wood furniture products, feel free to comment below too!