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.