Sedentary Exploits

July 9, 2011


I’m doing a lot of armchair traveling this year, I tell you.

Sedentary Exploits

Exercise, what’s that?

Well, the Hubs just assembled, primed and painted two new Adirondack chairs and — let me tell you — they are some of the most comfortable chairs ever. I wrote an article on them last month. The history is fascinating. About a hundred years ago, a wealthy vacationer (to the Adirondacks, you guessed it!) named Thomas Lee suddenly found himself devoid of lawn chairs for his large family, and attempted to build his own. He created many prototypes, asking his 26-member family to try them all out and vote for the best. The family unanimously voted for this type of chair: the back reclines slightly and the knees are elevated above the hips. Wide armrests beg to hold big icy glasses of tea or lemonade. His chair was a hit. Lee gave his design to a local carpenter, Harry Bunnell, who needed some work for the winter. But the carpenter patented the design himself and started a business, building and selling the chairs, flourished with his own signature. Not very nice. Bunnell manufactured Adirondack chairs for 20 years, made from local hemlock and inscribing his name on each. I suppose the chairs, if any exist, are collector’s items, eh?

Mine are made in China from cheapo pine. But they are comfy nonetheless.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a lot of lounging to do. Happy weekend. šŸ™‚

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4 Responses to “Sedentary Exploits”

  1. karen Says:

    I had two of those chairs and they each had footstools. One broke so my hubby decided to give the other one away. I am still mad about it. LOL

  2. Karen and Gerard Says:

    I’ve seen these type chairs but never realized they were comfortable. We have cheap plastic ones on our porch that aren’t too bad.

  3. Marg Says:

    Well I hate to tell you but I don’t like those kind of chairs because I am old and they are very very hard to get out of. They are comfy to sit in but then, I would have to stay there forever. I have one almost the same in my back yard.
    Have a great day.

  4. Secondary Roads Says:

    Nice chairs. I’d be tempted to make cup holders for the arms.