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History of Adirondack Chair

May 14, 2014

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…