A local Adirondack chair maker?

adirondack chairs under a pergolaPerhaps while enjoying a drink on his deck, Ewan emails (link added):

We just finished a deck, which is giving huge enjoyment. What it needs to be complete, though, is a really good Adirondack chair. I'd like to find one made locally, ideally by a craftsperson; ideally from ipe but I could live with other woods (not pine or cedar!). Anyone have suggestions? Thanks!

Got a suggestion for Ewan? Please share!


I think Icarus Furniture in Troy is still open...


A web search for "ipe adirondack chair" turns up a number of results, but none of them appear to be local. If you find a local artisan they're probably making it from pine and probably from a kit, but maybe they will custom make you one if you provide the wood.

Ewan, if you're going to that amount of trouble you should look into gettting a Westport chair built... the original Adirondack chair make of planks, not slats. They are all over the grounds of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.

Burnt: yeah, I found a couple of folks online who *look* as though they'd make one, but the closest is Georgia. I don't actually like the Westports as much, but maybe the museum would have some pointers - worth a try.

And colleen - thanks: I've dropped them a line!

We bought 2 Adirondack chairs here years ago:

2100 New Scotland Road
Slingerlands, N.Y. 12159


Store Hours:
Monday-Friday 8-5
Saturday- call
Sunday- closed

I'd call or visit lumber yards in warren county that sell IPE wood and ask for names of local carpenters that buy IPE from those yards. You may get lucky and find a carpenter that will build you exactly what you want. That IPE chair will last a thousand years.

I did an interview with local furniture maker Tim Haskins a couple years ago and he makes Adirondack chairs. Not sure what type of wood he works with, but his website is here: http://www.fortheloveofwoodllc.com/

Good luck in your search!

Check out http://www.tjgwoodworking.com/

Up and coming young local craftsman.

Check out the Adirondack Woodshed on 4020 State Street in Schenectady

I have made lots of Adirondack chairs. The originals were made of pine back in the day, which is what I use mostly. I could use other woods, that would be reflected in the cost to make them. I don't use kits by the way. I have a workshop west of Schenectady. Make stuff to order and not for just anyone. :)
Have a great night.

Thanks again, folks! [And Mike, let me have some contact info and I'll drop you a line!]

I'll follow up on the links from today. For the info af anyone else, though: Jim Lewis at Icarus said that he's now "working on larger projects these days, primarily for churches" - he did give me a suggested alternative craftsman, so I have a bunch of leads..

..thanks, AoA :)

Update 2: special thanks to Katie Roberts :). Got in touch with Tim Haskins, went out to his workshop last night and sat in a chair, placed the order.

He even sold me on red cedar as an alternative to ipe. So, roughly thre weeks from now I plan to be sitting on my deck in my new chair, drinking coffee in the early morning, listening to the birds.

Thanks, y'all: excellent advice and direction all around.

Contact Mike here:

mike dot millspaughski at facebook.com

He is a fantastic craftsman and also a local artist who has shown his work at Albany Center Gallery, Saratoga Arts Center and many other places.

Final update: chair delivered yesterday, looks great, fits excellently. Happy now :) - thanks, all (and especially Tim Haskins).

Try P.J North. Fine work.
His prices start at $ 75.00

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