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“Adirondacks from the Adirondacks…” our folding Adirondack chairs have a story all their own. And it began right in our mills backyard in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, Lake George. “While taking boat rides on the lake, ‘the boys’ and Cliff (our founder) would pass by various old family estates that had Adirondack chairs on their property set by campfire pits or on sprawling front yards and, most iconically, on docks. A friend and neighbor at the lake lent Cliff one of his Adirondack chairs to study and reference for dimensions. Thus began our company’s development of folding Adirondack chairs.
The chair given to Cliff was extra large and made out of softwood. The design had a lot of support pieces and very wide arms. The back of the chair was comprised of many narrow slats. It was also very low, so when you slid down into the seat, it was comfortable, but hard to get out of! So Cliff and the company woodworkers set about improving on the design. Early on it was decided that the chairs should be foldable. Easy storage was a key feature in Cliff’s mind as he had seen too many prematurely weathered and dilapidated chairs on the docks and shores of Lake George. Unlike bulkier designs that were a hassle to move and took up too much space to store inside easily, the folding design did not take up as much space and encouraged customers to keep the chairs inside over the winter.
The initial design developed by Cliff had slats that were all the same width, including the seat legs. The chair featured narrower arms in an effort to keep the price competitive with similar wood furniture pieces imported by foreign manufacturers. When all was said and done, Cliff had reviewed over 10 different styles of Adirondack Chairs from the Lake George area…” read more from this article on the back-story of our famous folding Adirondack chairs published by our friends L.L. Bean.