Orkney Chair of Small Proportions in Pine and Straw Circa 1970

A delightful Orkney Chair. In good condition and although of smaller proportions it’s large enough for an average to smaller size adult. Orkney chair from Scotland made of pine and straw to protect the one from the harsh North Sea winds characteristic of the area. Made with a woven straw back and pine wood frame. Originally these chairs were constructed from driftwood that washed up on the local shores as very little timber grows on the Orkney islands. Locally grown straw was used when harvested and woven into tight strands that were shaped to create the distinctive enclosed back of an Orkney chair. Using straw for the chair back meant less timber was necessary for construction while the tightness of the woven straw made an excellent draft barrier to the harsh bitterly cold winds that would frequently hit the islands. This chair is extremely sturdy with the four legs connected by horizontal stretchers and the vertical supports that frame the back that connect to the seat and the stretchers. Seat height 36cm. Circa 1970  Dimensions: 87 cm 51 cm 45 cm D

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