The Field Farm
P.O. Box 124
East Middlebury, Vermont, 05740, U.S.A.
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E-mail: sales@ thefieldfarm.com

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The Westport Chair

The Field Farm offers an Adirondack-Westport Chair in the tradition of its designer a century ago. With an original Westport chair to use as a pattern, our premium chair is reproduced as authentically as possible.

Westport chair in red.

Westport chair in red

The “key” to the comfort is the various angles that were derived by Thomas Lee, specifically the angle of the back relative to the seat and the legs. These seemingly arbitrary angles are the secret to Lee’s creation. Our Adirondack-Westport Chair gives a feeling of “fluidness” while sitting on wood.

About the Wood We Use

  • There is a natural preservative oil in Cypress known as cypressene, which gives the heartwood resistance to insects and decay.
  • Cypress grows slowly. The growth rings are close together, making it a very hard and dense wood. It shrinks less than other wood and resists the elements well.
  • If left outdoors in its natural state the wood will weather well.
  • There are no exposed, visible screwheads in the chair. Many chair designs have exposed screwheads where water can settle and run down the screw, rotting the wood.
  • There are very few knots in cypress and no sap, so the wood will not "bleed". It is therefore very nice wood for paint or stain.
  • Our chairs are built of cypress grown in the southeastern United States. You can find out more about Cypress at Southern Cypress Manufacturing Association.

Want to know more? Check out the history, prices, dimensions, or painting tips.

History

In 1900, Thomas Lee of Westport, New York, designed a chair for his family. Lee painstakingly came up with a chair of ultimate comfort using wide, knot-free boards. Five years later, Harry Bunnell received a patent for, and manufactured, Lee’s chair until 1930.

The characteristics of this single back-boarded chair are a sloped back, an inclined seat and wide arms. The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, refers to Bunnell’s chair as the “Westport Chair”.

Historians believe that the Adirondack Chair derived its features from the early Westport Chair. As wide, expensive, and knot-free boards became less available, the slatted back and seat of today's Adirondack chairs may have emerged in the 1920’s.

Whether the crafter is Lee, Bunnell, or the artisans of today, comfort and relaxation are the purposes of their Adirondack-Westport creations.

Westport Chair Dimensions

Wondering how many will fit on your porch or patio? Compare your available space to our chairs! The basic footprint of one chair is 38" x 37".

Westport chair, round back, in green.

Westport chair, round back in green

Chair: Westport
Weight: 35 lbs.
Heights: Total height: 38"
to front of seat: 16½"
to arm: 25"
Widths: Total width (outside arm to arm): 38"
back: 13¾"
front of seat: 21½"
back of seat: 17½"
armrest: 8½"
outside of back legs: tapers to 9"
Depths: Total depth (from front to back): 37"
seat: 18½"
Lengths: back rest: 31½"

Westport Chair Prices

Single Set of Two Colors
Unpainted Cypress Please call for current prices. Thank you!

For painted chairs, we use Benjamin Moore’s Aura Exterior paint. This comes in a wide range of lovely colors, or can be obtained in a custom color.

For the clear waterproofing, we also use a Benjamin Moore finish. The natural cypress color shows through.

Check out the possibilities at your local Benjamin Moore store and call us with your choice.

Westport Chair in Natural unpainted wood

Westport Chair in natural, unpainted wood

Clear Waterproof Finish
Painted Cypress
     
Notes: When ordering chairs, please specify Round-back or Square- back (pictured above). The price is the same.

Please allow up to six (6) weeks for delivery.

Chairs will require assembly and are shipped with easy-to-follow instructions.

Finishing the Westport Chair

We use Benjamin Moore’s Aura series. This comes in a wide range of lovely colors, or can be obtained in a custom color. Check out the possibilities in your local Benjamin Moore store and call us with your choice.

Westport chair, square back, in yellow  Westport chair, round back, in pine green  Westport chair, square back, in blue  Westport chair, round back, in lavender

The Field Farm
P.O. Box 124, East Middlebury, Vermont, 05740, U.S.A.
Tel/Fax 802-388-7575 / Toll Free 1-888-320-6323
E-mail: sales@ thefieldfarm.com

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