Aditondack Chairs Make Money

I wrote before about Adirondack chairs as good fund raisers.  Here’s another example…

Chair Auction Raises More Than $30,000

Posted on: Friday, 29 August 2008, 15:00 CDT

RANGELEY - The first Adirondack chair auction was held on Aug. 11 at the Brunswick residence on Bald Mountain Road. The event raised more than $30,000 to benefit Rangeley Region Health and Wellness Partnership.

The auction was overseen by guest auctioneer Larry Koob and collected $19,600 in bids on 13 chairs created by local artists. Donations during and after the event totaling $9,130 were also received, according to Beth Brunswick, RRHWP board member and head of fundraising for the organization.

“The event was terrific. People had a wonderful time and everyone realized how important it is to have the health center, the wellness pavilion and the day care center, and how important it is for everyone to stay healthy,” said Brunswick.

An additional $1,590 worth of raffle tickets for the 14th Adirondack chair have been sold as well. The drawing for the chair will be held on Thursday, Sept. 11, with proceeds benefiting Healthy Beginnings Daycare. Tickets for the raffle are available at Franklin Savings Bank, Rangeley Region Wellness Pavilion and from any RRHWP board member.

“Everyone is talking about this (the auction). We are very fortunate to have this donation of time and the donations by the artists,” said RRHWP board president Leeanna Wilbur.

According to Brunswick, there are plans to make the Adirondack Chair Auction a regular event and expand the scope of the auction in the future.

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Adirondack Chairs for a Fundraiser

Here’s an idea on how to use Adriondack chairs for charity fund raising.  How fitting that it comes from Upstate NY - close by the birthplace of Adirondack chairs.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is doing a project in the Syracuse, NY area.  To help raise money for the family, Adirondack Colonial Furniture, a local stroe up there, donated a dozen chairs.  The chairs were decorated by local area artists, making them even more valuable as works of art. (as you know from a previous post, if they wanted a real work of art, they would have gotten my neices involved)

They displayed the chairs at varioius local venus, and had press coverage to raise interest as well.  Proving that this is the 21st century, the auction was held on eBay.

I thought is was a great way to both support a charity and give exposure to local artists.  it’s something you could do in your own community to help a charity you’re involved with.

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Picture of Beautiful Antique Adirondack Chairs

Here’s a beautiful picture of three original Westport Adirondack Chairs. These chairs were made in 1905. Brunnel obtained his patent in 1904, so these were early in the run. They recently sold at auction for $6,600!!! Could make some nice reproductions for that kind of money.

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain lake sells plans for the original Westport chair, so making a reproduction isn’t out of the question.

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Painting Adirondack Chairs As a Family Project

Two of my brothers just visited us from out of state. They came with their families and we had a great time. The house was buzzing with the energy of all the kids.

Also, I find myself laughing more when I’m with my brothers than any other time.

I’m telling you about this here because Adirondack chairs were a part of the good times in a couple of ways. You might find the little project below fun for your own family.

As you might imagine, an assortment of Adirondack chairs makes up the outdoors seating at our place. We aren’t too concerned about have things match, so our chairs are a variety of styles and woods, painted various colors that have accumulated over the years. The repainting schedule is erratic, so the color is whatever appealed to my wife at the time. (I have to admit, I became more fond of the purple stage than I expected I would)

Fortunately, Rachel (my wife) and I share a fondness for Adirondack chairs. She’s almost bad as I am about buying them. Even though we really didn’t need any more chairs, she bought a couple of kits for Adirondacks when she was visiting her sister just because they were a good deal. I had to agree with her - it was a good price for nicely designed pine chairs. She bought two.

I eventually put them together. Then they sat unfinished. That is, until the arrival of my brothers and their families.

Each of these two brothers has a daughter, each of whom is now around 13 years old. They get along great and were “thick as thieves” all week.

I forget who’s idea it was, probably Rachel’s, but someone asked the girls if they’d be interested in painting and decorating the chairs. The chairs were sitting there like a blank canvas. The idea immediately appealed to both of them.

It became a fun little project. I got out the primer and a couple of brushes, set them up on our gravel drive, then walked away.

They did a fine job. Now, there was quite a bit of primer on them, and a spatter on a near-by car (fortunately the car was one for which the spatter was actually an improvement), but over all it was a fine job. It had them laughing a good portion of the afternoon.

The next day was more fun. Sarah took them to the paint store to pick out the colors. I’ll leave it to you imagination to as to what the color schemes two girls nearing puberty might choose, especially if there’s a bit of friendly competition between them. Let’s just say the chairs are colorful, very colorful.

Of course they both wound up with about as much paint on them as the chairs.

The whole deal was just fun. The chairs are completely unique. Now we have a fun reminder of our nieces and this summer’s visit, as well as a story to tell when company comes and admires our completely unique chairs.

My Mom used to say that part of a parent’s job is to create happy memories for their children. I think she was right, and I’d like to think that my nieces will have the painting project as a happy memory of their youth. It was an easy thing to do that gave them a lot of pleasure and a sense of independence (they could paint them anyway they wanted) and accomplishment. Pretty good deal for the price of a couple of pints of paint.

Of course the Tom Sawyer in me loved that the chairs got painted without me touching a brush.

Adirondack Chairs - Providing You With a Posh Spot to Enjoy the Warm Weather

The author of this article, Jennifer Akre, feels the same way I do about Adirondac chairs.

The weather is gorgeous outside, so you decide to take a half day vacation and enjoy it. However, as you head out to your backyard space, you realize you’re missing an essential part of this plan, which is comfortable seating. So, to keep this from happening the next time around, purchase Adirondack chairs for your space.

Adirondack chairs offer you one great place to unwind thanks to their design that dates back all the way to the early 1900’s. So, if it’s been around that long, then you know it has to be a good place to sit because if it wasn’t, then it would have fallen by the wayside a long time ago.

Anyway, back to the design of Adirondack chairs. This design features a spacious seat that has a slope to it, an angled backrests, armrests that are oversized, and typically one will sit lower to the ground, so if you want to stretch your feet out on the ground, you easily can. Basically, it is just one posh place to take it easy and would really be an ideal choice for putting in any outdoor area. Take your deck as an example, you could put three to four of these bad boys in place and create one awesome spot for you and your friends to take it easy. Or, if you want a more intimate setting, then you could put a few in place in your garden area if you wanted. A porch is another nice spot for one and a few other places where one would work well include a four seasons room, on a lawn, and even at the end of a boat dock.

When buying your Adirondack chairs the most important thing that you need to keep in mind is to purchase ones that are crafted out of materials that can stand up under the elements. If you don’t do this, then you are going to be out of luck when the one you get has to be replaced since it fell apart. Some of the better material options you could get include woods like Redwood, Southern Yellow Pine, Alder, and Teak. There are also some manmade materials that would be a great option to invest in too including different recycled polymers and thicker resins. All of these options can take a beating from the weather without breaking down.

A great way to look into the different Adirondack chairs that you could possibly purchase is by turning on that computer of yours and doing some shopping online. You can breeze through the multiple selections in no time flat and when you do decide on something, it typically will be at a pretty reasonable price and it will be sent right to you. So, no having to worry about getting a vehicle big enough to haul it.

In the end, if you really want to enjoy yourself outdoors, you need comfortable seating in place and Adirondack chairs fit the bill. Get yours today so the next time you want to enjoy the weather, you easily can.

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Choosing Your Adirondack Chair: Wood, Plastic, Metal?

An Adirondack chair is a summer classic.� Some (including me) consider it the epitome of a summer outdoor chair.� If you’re considering getting of these classics for yourself, here on some tips on choosing the best Adirondack chair for you.

First let’s define an Adirondack chair.� A working definition is: a casual chair designed for outdoor use with a sloping seat and back and, most importantly, wide arms.

These chairs are made of many materials now a days,� so the first decision to make is what material you want for yours.

Wood is the classic and generally the best choice for most people. Wood has great esthetic appeal.� It feels substantial.� Its stays cool even if placed in direct sun.� On the downside wood requires maintenance.� Some species of wood require less than others, but all need some care.

Plastic Adirondack chairs have become quite common and they do have some things going for them.� They’re cheap and widely available.� They have the advantage of being stackable so they take up less space in storage.� Their light weight makes them easier to move if this is a factor.� The only maintenance they require is occasional cleaning.�

Having said that, plastic isn’t my favorite material for Adirondack chairs.�

Quality varies, but they will never feel as substantial as wooden chair.� Another disadvantage is that they can get quite warm in the sun.�

And lets face it, plastic just doesn’t have the character of wood.

Metal Adirondack chairs exist but they aren’t very common.� A few issues prevent them from becoming popular.� The biggest one is they get hot in the sun.� It’s just no fun to try to sit on a scorching hot metal seat.� Although the finish on metal chairs can be quite durable, when it does break down, controlling rust and refinishing it is more difficult than refinishing wood.

If you’ve decided on a wood chair, you next choice is between softwood or hard wood.� In general a soft wood, such as pine will be less expensive but also less durable.� The opposite applies.� That is, an Adirondack chair made out of a hardwood such as cedar will likely cost more but can be expected to last longer.

Pine chairs can be a good choice if budget is an issue.� Actually, pine chairs can be a good choice period.� One of my favorite Adirondack chairs was made of pine.�

The main draw back of pine is its durability.� Pine is more susceptible to rot than select hardwoods.� However, if well finished and stored under cover in the off-season, it can do quite well for years.

My chairs tend to stay outside year round, maybe with a tarp on them in the winter.� Pine chairs don’t hold up well under these conditions.� That’s why I referred to my favorite chair in the past tense.� Since I haven’t been able to find one I like as well since, I kind of wish I’d babied it a little more.

Common hardwoods used to make Adirondack chairs are cedar, mahogany, teak and oak.� All are quite durable.� The first three are especially resistant to rot.� Cedar is usually more affordable than mahogany teak.�

If you do choose mahogany or teak, be sure that the maker certifies they use only wood from sustainable sources.� Using teak and mahogany from non-sustainable sources contributes to the depletion of rain forests.

I’ve had a pair of mahogany chairs for almost twenty five years.� I left them unfinished for years.� When they started to develop some surface mold, I washed them with bleach and painted them.� They aren’t my most comfortable chairs, but they’re still perfectly sound after all those outdoor winters.

Adirondack Chair Design and Construction Points

Let me be upfront - I have a bias in favor of Adirondack chairs.  I haven’t seen one I don’t like.  But they do differ and I do like some more than others.  I want to describe a few design and construction features you may want to look for when selecting you own chair.

First is overall design.  Adirondack chairs can be made in various proportions, and what appeals to an individual is very much a matter of personal taste.  I prefer very wide arms with smoothly curved sides while others like the arms narrow and straighter.  This type of thing is a matter of personal taste.

Most wood chairs are made of wood that is ¾”-1” thick.  This usually works best.  I own a chair made predominately of 2x stock (actual measurement 11/2” thick) and it’s way too heavy.  I bought it from a fellow making them in his shop and selling them at the side of the road.  I suspect he was trying to make a sturdier chair, but all it really did was add weight.  You’ll be fine with the thinner wood.

The connectors make a difference in both appearance and durability.  The best for both regards is stainless steel screws and bolts.  Capillary action draws water into the wood along fasteners.  This leads to rot in softer woods and can be an issue even in hard wood.  Countersinking the screws and filling the hole with a solid wood plug fixes this problem.  Wood putty or filler doesn’t work as well.

If a manufacturer uses stainless steel screws, they’ll usually mention it prominently. Otherwise, they probably used exterior screws of the type used for deck construction.  These work well enough, but ultimately are more susceptible to rust than stainless.

I prefer to see bolts used to construct the frame.  The wood that the screw threads bear on tends to soften over time, especially when capillary action draws water in (those unplugged screws I mentioned).  Bolts may draw water in as well, but the strength of the connection doesn’t depend on the integrity of the wood next to the bolt.

Another point affecting durability is the spacing of the back slats.  On chairs with fan-shaped backs, some makers have the slats tight together at the bottom.  This traps water and increases the likelihood of rot.  Some space between the slats is preferable.

The original Adirondack chairs had straight seats and backs.  The sloped sear and back make them surprisingly comfortable for a hard surfaced chair.  Still most people find curved backs and seats more comfortable. 

If you’re buying a chair where you can try it, that’s the best way to settle the comfort issue.  For better or worse, we buy more and more things through catalogs or online and trying a specific chair out isn’t always possible.  If you’re traveling or visiting and find yourself in an Adirondack chair that’s particularly comfortable, note the general design and if the seat and back are curved or straight.  Use that as a guide when you buy your own from a catalog or online and can’t try it out first.

Having said all this, you can’t go too far wrong.  I really haven’t seen an Adirondack chair I don’t like.

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What Makes a Chair an Adirondack Chair?

At a bit over 100 years old, the Adirondack chair has stood the test of time to become a true American classic.� Nothing suggests summer leisure quite as much as a grouping of Adirondack chairs, ideally close by a body of water or on a sweeping porch.

Over the course 100 years, craftspeople of all skill levels have had made their own versions of an Adirondack chair.� Some of these designs have been more successful than others but all pay homage to the original.� The variations are so diverse that it makes it difficult to even define just what makes a chair an Adirondack chair.� It is, however, one of those things you know when you see it, even if you don’t know exactly why.

Having said that, let’s take a stab at listing the defining characteristics of an Adirondack chair.

First, it was originally intended as outdoor furniture for summer lounging in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.� However, some designers have used Adirondack chairs to good effect as indoor chairs.

The original Adirondack chairs were made of wood.� The purist in me feels that still defines a classic Adirondack chair, although I won’t quibble with those who admire chairs made of metal, plastic, composite, fiberglass or whatever.� I’ll call them Adirondack chair wantabes and leave it at that.

A few aspects of design characterize an Adirondack chair.� The seat tends to be somewhat low to the ground – the better for lounging.� Also, the seat slopes downward from the front, encouraging one to slide in and settle down.

The posture of repose is also aided by the backward lean of the chair back.

Finally, an Adirondack chair must have wide arms.� These serve all manner of purposes, most importantly providing a resting place for a cool drink and a good novel.

But you don’t need to pay attention to all that.� You’ll know an Adirondack chair when you see one.  The only real question is just where you’ll use it.

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