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Ladder Back Chairs
“The Mountaineer’s Settin-chair”

Even though ladder back style chairs were made up and down the eastern sea board in the colonial days, they are best known as Appalachian Ladder Back chairs from the mountains of Appalachia. This area extends north from Georgia to Maryland and includes the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. This type of chair is equally defined as a post and rung chair.

By using steam bent back legs and slats with woven hickory bark seats, these Appalachian Mountain chair makers made their comfortable “settin chairs” from locally available materials. These chair makers were especially proud of the fact that their joinery techniques kept their chairs tightly together for generations and without any glue or fasteners.

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Russ Filbeck meets President Carter

Russ Filbeck meets President Carter
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