The Adirondack’s classic lines are a fitting choice for any location. Question is, which fit do you prefer? If you thought there was only one design to choose from,you’ve got another two options coming. Each one, just as comfortable as the next.
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But Lee and Bunnell’s slant-back chair endured. Permutations of the original design continued to appear, some from the workshops of weekend hobbyists, and others from the loftier circles of furniture designers like Gerrit Rietveld, whose 1918 “Red and Blue Chair” and boxy 1934 “Crate Chair” exhibit similar DNA. In 1938, Irving Wolpin of New Jersey patented a chair in the Westport form with a fan-shaped back and slats where Lee and Bunnell had used planks. It’s essentially the version we recognize today, and it appears throughout the Adirondacks, and even in Westport, where Lee’s design still holds court on some porches.
Opt for wood with very little infrequent maintenance needs once you’ve completed the project. Then you can sit back, enjoy, and not have to worry about retreating, revarnishing, or repainting it over and over.
As the story goes, during one summer in Westport, Lee felt a desire to create a chair that could handle the rugged terrain of the Adirondacks. This chair would have to be sturdy, balanced, and comfortable on everything from sandy ground to a small hill.
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This wood is water-resistant and repels insects naturally. It won’t decay in moist and saline conditions, making it ideal for Adirondack chairs for relaxing at the lake or beach shore.
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Hardwood oils will not harm wicker or sling material, however, it should be wiped free during oiling projects. If wicker or sling becomes soiled or dirty, use water and mild detergents for cleaning.
A key part of that treatment involved prolonged exposure to the region’s cold, dry mountain air. “It’s one of the things you notice when you come to the Adirondacks,” notes Catania. “The air smells better, feels better.”
Just make sure it is not too soft. Go for a species that is fairly strong, stable, and durable. You may also want to consider treating your wood for resistance to UV, water, weather, rot, and bugs.
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Oh and yes I said fake because it it’s not really wooden. It’s a synthetic wood material now known as Highwood. Probably the closest thing you can get to the real deal. But of course without the tedious maintenance that wooden Adirondack chairs are famous for.
This bulletin contains instructions for building an Adirondack chair, matching footstool, companion side table, and Westport chair (an ancestor of the modern-day slatted Adirondack chair). Each project will take the moderately skilled carpenter less than a day to fabricate; for the beginner, maybe a weekend.