Uwharrie Chair

U  is for Uwharrie

This week’s letter assignment is the letter U.

Uwharrie Chairs  (pronounced you-WAH-ree) are named after the Uwharrie Mountains of the central North Carolina Piedmont region. The Uwharries are some of the oldest in North America and were created from an ancient chain of volcanoes. The 1,000-foot hills of today were  believed to have been once 20,000-foot peaks. Today they comprise the Uwharrie National Forest that stretches across some 51,000 acres of mixed pine and hardwoods. Though small, the Uwharrie provides a variety of natural resources, including clean rivers and streams, diverse vegetation for scenery, and wildlife habitat.

The forest holds one of the largest concentrations of archeological sites in the Southeast. It is where the country’s first gold rush occurred in 1799, at the nearby Reed Gold Mine. Gold turned up again in the Uwharries in the early 1800s, and another rush occurred during the Depression of the 1930s. The forest may be rich with history, but it is among the newest of the national forest system. The federal government purchased the land in 1931 but didn’t proclaim it a national forest until 1961 by President John F. Kennedy.

Manufactured in High Point, NC~ Uwharrie Chair’s unique outdoor furniture collections combine classic American styling with extraordinary comfort and character. These heavy, generously scaled products are hand crafted from thick, kiln-dried pressure treated southern yellow pine, an American renewable resource. A distressed finish treatment provides an antique, weathered appearance. With their rugged good looks and solid construction, these chairs and their companion pieces will provide comfort and character for years to come.

Unlike its country cousin Adirondack, the Uwharrie Chair features four legs and offers a more natural — and more comfortable — sitting posture. Its premium, kiln-dried treated lumber construction ensures years of performance; its distressed finish treatment provides a careworn, antique appearance.

 I invite you to pull up a chair, have a seat, see which style is more to your liking, here.

The Original Uwharrie Chair Collection was created to offer not only eco-friendly all-weather seating, but classically styled, comfortably designed outdoor accents. With their rugged good looks and solid construction, the chairs and their companion pieces provide a balance of aesthetic charm and lifestyle integrity.

The Veranda Collection expertly merges fine cast aluminum with American yellow pine blending traditional and Victorian.

The Plantation Series combines the graceful elegance of wing chair styling with the rustic charm of outdoor folk craft. Heavy construction and generous scaling places this seating in a category by itself.

The Wave Collection is a whimsical enough to daydream in for those looking for contemporary patio furniture, but need a touch of the traditional.

The Hatteras Collection with its spindled back, just brings to mind the old-fashioned American porch and a glass of lemonade.

The Bridgehampton Collection turns your backyard or patio into a traditional American-style retreat.

The Fanback Collection is reminiscent of the American frontier with classic American styling.

 Imagine my surprise traveling to California from North Carolina to find Uwharrie Chairs at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay~

 But this my personal favorite, the Nantucket Collection.

The islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Cape Cod have a rich history of shipbuilding, whaling, and New England sensibility. The Nantucket Collection from Uwharrie Chair shares that same feeling of sensible, comfortable construction with just the right amount of added design embellishments.

So in planning my tablescape this week, I had in mind a porch tablescape would have been Nantucket-inspired~ in keeping with the styling of my settee. . . complete with ship models, oars, baskets, accented by cranberry-bog reds, seagrass greens, gray blues and sunny yellows.

I just wasn’t able to pull that off this week *heavy sigh*~ with none of that at my disposal (except the oars!). . .

 Instead, I recycled my pillows and added a coordinating picnic basket I ran across.

This bright turquoise caddy can tote flatware, beverages, napkins, magazines, flowers, or glasses for your picnic~ everything blending with  fish glasses from Kohl’s. . .

   I spied this picnic basket at Super Target next to coordinating melamine plates and acrylic glassware.

 This fish was my mother-in-law’s that was planted with flowers in his former life.  I have plans to “plant” him with ice to chill a bottle of wine or serve my silverware & napkins.

  Flatware from World Market.

You can see a previous porch tablescape, more garden-inspired below

To see this tablescape in its entirety, here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit and found a chair, come back and sit any time :-)

Thanks for your visis, I’m joining:

 Aphabe-Thursday for Alphabet Fun

 Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

  45 comments for “Uwharrie Chair

  1. JDaniel4's Mom
    June 9, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    One of these special chairs with your special setting and a good book would be wonderful.

  2. Kathy
    June 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    These are gorgeous! I’m really partial to the Wave collection, how fun is that green chair! Love all your blues and greens, so restful and cool on a hot summer day. Great post!

  3. June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Great job! I love the blue colors and how nice it all looks together. Don’t you just love the newer plastic plates and glasses that are out now. They look like real glass plates and glasses.

    So perfect for outdoors.


  4. June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Well those are gorgeous views! And the chairs look very comfortable. All your outdoor tableware cushions and linens just add to the relaxing and beautiful feel of this post.

  5. June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    the chairs are wonderful. and you’ve hit my recent passion for blue with green right on target.. So perfectly done.

  6. June 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Cool Chair! I love the arrangement as well.

  7. June 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I love all the furniture. I don’t think I could choose one over the other. I thought your tablescape was very pretty. I loved that fish ;-) Great U post.

  8. June 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Great post and pictures! I have a pair of these chairs…I really love the green one with the parrot. I also know of this forest…cool…Peace and blessings

  9. June 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Oh my stars, I love those chairs and I would love to have the chaise and put it in my bedroom with cushions and pillows. You have such a great post and told me so much information! Thank you so much!

  10. June 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Totally not disappointed! I’m certain your Nantucket vision would have been stunning, but the composition of this one truly made my heart sing. Love the colors, the textiles, the comfortable chair, the “mouth wide open” fish . . . well, I loved it all. You are a master at composing both a beautiful vignette for a tablescape and a post on this interesting topic. I didn’t know about Uwharrie chairs. I love learning something new! ~ Sarah

  11. June 9, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    oh this was so fun, what a treat to see so many styles, i am a sucker for benches and chairs in the garden. love the veranda, so diff to me!

    ok, once again, i have to bow to your talents, between style and skill, you are the master at presentation whatever the topic may be. you really brought on the smiles with the towel in the fish. darling, every sq inch of your blog. you are always tip top, i adore your style!

  12. Jo
    June 10, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Those are gorgeous chairs … I love the veranda collection … oh i think i need them !!!

  13. June 10, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Wonderful post as usual. I never heard of that kind of chair but your photos of chairs were wonderful to view. Thanks.

  14. June 10, 2010 at 5:27 am

    such things of beauty! Make me want to visit!

  15. PJ
    June 10, 2010 at 6:09 am

    I could live quite contentedly with any or all of those chairs. I’d not been familiar. Great post!

  16. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    June 10, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Beautiful chairs, everything looks spectacular! Such a special way to spend an afternoon!

  17. June 10, 2010 at 7:44 am

    What a pretty collection of nice chairs. I would love to have some of this. And the very pretty picnic sets in aqua, blue and green, too.
    Greetings, Johanna

  18. June 10, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I loved your tablescape…beautiful photos and I have never heard of a Uwharrie (sp?) chair, but they really are something else! Love to have a set of these gracing my yard. Joni

  19. June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Oh my gosh….so totally can’t get over those pillows. Don’t know where you found them, but they are awesome. Love the chairs too & the entire beachy theme. Looks like a page straight from Coastal Living. Nice choice of books, too!

    • June 10, 2010 at 9:38 am

      Thank you :-) The pillows came from Super Target too, about a month or so ago.

  20. June 10, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Ok, had to come back over & leave another comment. Went to read your profile b/c from the pix, I figured you had a place on the NC or SC coast. When, OMGosh, I discovered it was LKN I was looking @ in your photos…which is where I live. This world is so small. While I know of some Charlotte bloggers, you’re the first I’ve read with a place @ LKN. Now, I’ll be wondering if you’re shopping in the stores when I’m there. I found my picture on another blog back @ Christmas when another blogger & I were shopping at a store at Biltmore, and didn’t know each other or that we both blogged. BTW, Pier 1 has white and aqua porcelain fish similar to the one in your photos on clearance for $20. Your comment that you re-arrange stores merchandise tickled me b/c I do the exact same thing. Too bad we don’t get paid for that free bit of design work. I don’t blog much anymore b/c I had a baby 9 months ago @ 43 yrs. old and have a 10 yr old, so it you visit my site, that’s why there are no recent posts. And, if you’ve been to Gibson Mill in Concord, the Manager is a blogger.

    • June 11, 2010 at 5:32 am

      It is a small world :-) Congrats about your baby, I can see why you don’t have much free time on your hands! We’re in Charlotte & at LKN on the weekends. It gives us a getaway, and keeps us from taking it for granted. So many of our neighbors we would see out on boats or on their docks their first few summers and then they would eventually spend less & less time outside. I have to admit, I enjoy it more in the fall when most folks have put their boats away for the summer and we have the lake more or less to ourselves. We tend to boat more early am or evening~ not so much the heat of the day.

      Thanks for the heads up on the Pier 1 fish :-)

  21. June 10, 2010 at 9:47 am

    uwharrie – I never knew this word but I saw those chairs before – see you learn something new at the blogosphere

  22. June 10, 2010 at 9:49 am

    oh how I love this! Anything beachy and lakeside really appeals to me. Great post!

  23. June 10, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Wow! These chairs are spectacular!
    I am in awe!

  24. June 10, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I would love a porch picnic with your bright, cheery dishes…the colors are gorgeous!
    The Uwharrie chairs are beautiful, and even look comfortable!

  25. June 10, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Tis is a fab blog I so want a chair like this

  26. June 10, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    These are valuable information about Uwharrie Mountains and the development of Uwharrie Chair. If not for this blog, I wouldn’t know what to call these chairs. Thanks for sharing the many possible themes that can be done using Uwharrie Chairs.

  27. June 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    those chairs are gorgeous :D

  28. June 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Hey Lake Neighbor! :) I love those chairs! I am going to go check out their website, and see everything that they make! Great tablescape as well! Is that your lake house or your weekday house? It’s lovely! Also, the cushions are awesome on that Uhwarrie bench!

    ~angela @ peonypatch

    • June 11, 2010 at 5:24 am

      Hi~ Our lake house, no porch on our house in Charlotte, so I have to enjoy the porch on weekends :-)

  29. June 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Absolutely amazing!

    I love those chairs. I like the Nantucket and the Hatteras both!

    And your tablescapes!

    Girl, why aren’t you doing professional house staging? You are really talented at this!

    Thanks for another unbelievable link up to Alphabe-Thursday!


  30. June 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I absolutely need two of those chairs on my front porch right now! With a glass of wine, and a book….

  31. June 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I love the colors you pulled together. That fish with the napkins is so clever and distinctive looking.

  32. Pondside
    June 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I love those chairs, but am unlikely to be anywhere near where they’re manufactured, so will have to show them to The Great Dane and ask him to make me one. I love chairs!

  33. June 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    What a marvelous post! I so love these chairs and never knew what they were called. I lived on Cape Cod for a couple of years and loved Martha’s Vineyard so that would be my choice also. Cute picnic basket and wonderful colors! Really enjoyed this!!! Great U!!!

  34. June 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Everything looks lovely and very inviting. I did not know about these chairs. I probably would have just thought they were adirondack chairs. Thanks for clearing that up and I really like the same one that you do. And I think the Plantation series would be my next choice.

  35. June 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    That was awesome. Loved looking at all the chairs…made me want to relax!

  36. Riet
    June 11, 2010 at 2:55 am

    What a great U post. I love those chairs and also very much all the blue stuff that goes with them. Beautiful.

  37. June 11, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Thanks for sharing all the chairs. I can imagine sitting in any one of them as I look out over the harbor and having your wonderful setting close by would be a real plus.

  38. June 11, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    What a great informative eye-candy U. I’m with you on my choice: the Nantucket would fit right in where I thought an Adirondack should go. These look much more comfy than the Ads do.

  39. June 11, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    love the blue plates.
    beautiful u post.

  40. June 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    wonderful post, nice to learn about the chairs (I am not a big fan of the adirondak chairs, because of the angle…they are hard to get out of for someone with low back and knee issues.

    and WHY on EARTH would you be disappointed in your table scape…so very lovely!!


  41. June 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    so pretty and serene….I dont know how you could be disappointed…..

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