PioneerChairs

It's not just a chair. It's a lifestyle.

Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire

Announcement    FREE SHIPPING within continental US!

The Pioneer Chair is now available in Southern Pine! At just $199, it is our lightest, most affordable, and popular chair.
Returns accepted within 14 days of receipt minus a 20% restock fee in addition to return shipping costs.

Pioneer Chairs is a small family business. We make top-quality rope & wood folding chairs & tables in our hand-built post & beam workshop in rural New Hampshire. Our chairs are unique in design, as they are made with just 2 materials- wood and rope.

Pioneer Chairs have been featured in InStyle and The New Yorker magazines. Our family business was highlighted in Montreal's most popular newspaper, La Presse.

If you have any questions about our products or are interested in custom ordering, including engraving and tables/hassocks in exotic hardwoods like Purpleheart, Wenge, Maple, or Cherry, please, contact us.

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 11, 2021

FREE SHIPPING within continental US!

The Pioneer Chair is now available in Southern Pine! At just $199, it is our lightest, most affordable, and popular chair.
Returns accepted within 14 days of receipt minus a 20% restock fee in addition to return shipping costs.

Pioneer Chairs is a small family business. We make top-quality rope & wood folding chairs & tables in our hand-built post & beam workshop in rural New Hampshire. Our chairs are unique in design, as they are made with just 2 materials- wood and rope.

Pioneer Chairs have been featured in InStyle and The New Yorker magazines. Our family business was highlighted in Montreal's most popular newspaper, La Presse.

If you have any questions about our products or are interested in custom ordering, including engraving and tables/hassocks in exotic hardwoods like Purpleheart, Wenge, Maple, or Cherry, please, contact us.

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Welcome to Pioneer Chairs, a Small Family Business!

Pioneer Chairs is a small family business in rural New Hampshire. We hand build our chairs in a 3-story traditional post & beam barn, hand built in 2011-2012 with the help of family and friends.

Our chairs have been a hit at New England craft fairs and have also been featured in The New Yorker & InStyle Magazines and in Montreal's La Presse, Canada's top-selling French newspaper.

Our family's passion for carpentry and building runs in the blood. There are builders on both sides of our family from Edinburgh, Scotland to Altoona, Pennsylvania. We use some of the same tools that our grandfathers and great grandfathers used in the production of our chairs.

Quality is our #1 priority. Pioneer Chairs uses only the best and most sustainable types of wood and we work with our trusted, local lumbar company to ensure an excellent finished product.

Shop members

  • Allison Millar

    Marketing Manager

    Allison is Marketing Manager of Pioneer Chairs. She is in charge of Social Media Accounts, Business Relations with Wholesalers/Bloggers/Interior Designers & The Etsy Shop.

  • Sandra Millar

    Assembly & Quality Control, Packaging

    Sandra is a full time Health Care Receptionist. She is head of quality control and assembly

  • Jim Millar

    Owner

    Jim is the owner of Pioneer Chairs. He began designing and assembling early versions of Pioneer Chairs in his garage as a hobby. They relieved his low back pain and were a hit at New England Craft Shows.

  • James Millar

    Production Manager

    James is in charge of production. He creates and maintains custom manufacturing machines and envisions and designs new products.

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Last updated on May 17, 2021
Frequently asked questions
What is the best way to carry my chair?

The easiest way to carry a Pioneer chair is to have it horizontal by your side, with your arm over it, hugging it to your side. Now, it will be balanced and will snuggle into your side and travel with you effortlessly.

What's the trick to opening my chair quickly and effortlessly?

Grab ahold of the top two rope knots and pull upward; you will see the seat slats raise. Then, if necessary, give the chair a slight shake. At the back of the chair, your will notice four places where the slats meet together. Your Pioneer Chair is most stiff upon purchase. It will become easier to open and close as it breaks in.

How much weight can a Pioneer Chair hold?

Both Mahogany and Ash are very strong woods, they have excellent strength-to-weight ratio and our rope is extremely durable. A Pioneer Chair can support up to 300 lbs.

Are these chairs therapeutic?

Yes, in fact, they are endorsed by a certified Sports Physician and Chiropractor. When seated, the knees are positioned above the hips, relieving tension from the low back. As the muscles are relaxed, circulation improves so that the body can provide areas of need, with healing compounds like anti-inflammatories and endorphins, the body's natural pain killer. The rope also allows for some give, so that the wood fits into the contours of the back, comfortably.

How easy is it to get in and out of a Pioneer Chair?

Very easy! We receive excellent feedback from elderly people, and those with back and hip pain, for this reason. The chair is designed so that you sit comfortably, cradled by the wood. When standing, a slight rock out of it will do the trick. For people who have problems with their back or knees, the best way to get out of the chair is to swing both legs to the side, place a hand on the back of the chair and another on the seat of the chair, and you will be able to push yourself up with ease.

Are the chairs finished? I'd like mine stained.

In our experience, the chairs weather best naturally. Our hardwoods (African Mahogany and Ash) are naturally weather-resistant due to the oily property of the wood itself. They will stand up for years outdoors, but they do weather over time, changing color and fading with exposure to direct sunlight. If you do choose to finish a chair, we have found that Teak oil works well or you can ask your local hardware store for advice; recommendations may depend on the conditions of your local area. Keep in mind that it is imperative to use a translucent stain or preservative, and not a latex-based paint product. The easiest way to apply the finish is to use a foam brain and cut it to fit within the cracks. The rope is UV and mold-resistant.

Can I leave my chair outdoors?

Like all natural wood chairs, Pioneer Chairs naturally weather with time, changing color and fading with exposure to direct sunlight. The chairs on our back porch have been exposed to all weather conditions for over 5 years, and apart from natural weathering, they hold up great! It is completely up to you, if you'd like to preserve the finished look of the hardwood or, allow them to weather naturally. We do recommend bringing the chairs in during the winter season.

What's the best way to clean my chair?

As a preventative measure, we recommend bringing the chair indoors during the winter. Occasional rainfall will not harm the chair but, if you do notice discoloration, the best way to clean this is by diluting white vinegar with water, applying to the areas, and removing with a gentle brush. A light sanding with fine sandpaper may also help. Having said this, many of our customers leave our chairs out all year long. Even as they weather, they will remain structurally sound. The rope is rot and UV-resistant.

What's the difference between Ash and Mahogany?

Ash is lighter in color than Mahogany and Ash is heavier and has beautiful grains. It is an extremely dense and durable wood and is the same wood used in baseball bats and billy clubs. Mahogany comes in rich and subtle hues and is another beautiful wood which has historically been the trusted material for boat-building and fine furniture for many years. They are both durable hardwoods, which resist weathering naturally, due to the oils contained in the wood.

What is the Return Policy?

Return Policy: If within the first 14 days of receiving your chair and/or table, you are not 100% satisfied, we are happy to accept your return. Providing top-quality furniture and customer satisfaction are our top priorities. Within 30 days of general use, chairs break-in and minor wear and tear or stains are expected. Since, all our products are issued brand new, we charge a 20% restocking in order to refurbish to new condition. This fee is in addition to return shipping costs.