The Orkney Chair has been a feature in Orkney homes throughout history. Traditionally their sturdy frames and highm curved backs offered necessary protection for householders in their cold draughty homes.
Nowadays that practical aspeact is no longer necessary and the chair is displayed with more a decorative as well as functional purpose. However, one thing that has remained unchanged is the way in which the Orkney Chair is made.
Only locally grown straw is used to make the backs which are intricately woven by hand. The frames, originally made from driftwood found on nearby shores, are now made from the best quality wood available and also finished beautifully by hand.
This mix of tradition, history and unique design all add the make the Orkney Chair an heirloom to be displayed with pride in any home.
The craft of Orkney chairmaking is both old and traditional. Jackie & Marlene, both Orcadians, work together making a product that is handmade and finished to a high standard with care and love which make the Orkney Chair so special. Jackie & Marlene welcome young and old alike to see the creation of tomorrow's heirlooms.