Tuesday, August 2, 2011

C is for Chair


From: Shaw Creek General Store web page

"The Adirondack chair was not always known by that name. According to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, it started its life as the Westport chair named after a small town close by the Adirondack Mountains on the edge of lake Champlain.

Thomas Lee first worked out the design of the chair around 1900. Vacationing at his family's house Stony Sides, along with some 22 relatives, he set about designing a truly conformable outdoor chair

Nailing boards together on the front lawn, he asked other members of his family to test prototypes and tell him which were the most comfortable. With this research as a guide, he built a chair with a sloping seat and back. Each chair was made from a single pine board and with the wide armrests that became a hallmark of the Adirondack style. His chair was an immediate success with the family."
This photo was taken on Sunday. We went for a walk on Ocean Point-- several miles from Boothbay, Maine. I usually like a more isolated area, but this is a lovely walk. The owners of the chairs live across the road and their house is festooned with flowers.



Several weeks ago we were in Hulls Cove, Maine and visited

where we saw


A well worn chair.

13 comments:

  1. Nothing better than those Adirondack chairs! Lovely shots.

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  2. I have read so many good things about Adirondack.

    Please come and see my C, thanks a lot!

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  3. A comfortable chair is to be treasured, especially when it comes with a beautiful view.

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  4. I love what Joy said. This view is gorgeous. Then again, what view to Boothbay isn't?

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  5. A post that was a joy to read! Thanks for showing the old with the new with such a lovely backdrop.

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  6. we have an Adirondack chair xmas tree ornament we bought in Lake Placid several years ago.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  7. Great photos. I never knew the names of those chairs. Reminded me of a line in a song...a chair is not a chair when there's no one sitting there. Thanks for the ABC Wednesday visit!

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  8. and what a perfect place to put such lovely chairs.

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  9. We were just thinking of buying Adirondack chairs, but how do they feel with snow on them? Not how do the chairs feel, but does one still feel comfortable?
    Oh heck. Beautiful photo! I have ocean and chair envy. I could sit there, yes. And muse about Maine, about the letter D to come, and perhaps we could chat about life.

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  10. I'm not sure these chairs would hold up in Alaska, but you brush the snow off and they are ready for sitting. Let's walk on the rocks and talk of life and the sound of the sea.

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  11. Great chair photos! And the tidbits of history are so interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Really interesting post! Thanks.

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