The breadth of Adirondack Furniture is revealed by the chapter headings:
Rustic Taste in England and America
From Shanty to Great Camp
Adirondack Tree Furniture
Root and Burl
Peeled Pole and Branch
Mosaic Twig Work
Cottage and Bungalow Furniture
Westport and Adirondack Chairs
Old-Time and Contemporary Rustic Workers
Notes, Bibliography, Index
Adirondack Furniture and the Rustic Tradition
by Craig Gilborn
New reprint, The Blueline Press, 2011*
Softcover, 352 pp, 357 b & w illustrations
Copies available from The Northshire Bookstore Manchester, Vermont, or by sending a check for $29.00 (includes postage and handling) to The Blueline Press, P.O. Box 175, Danby, VT 05739.
Twelve years of picture- and note-taking trips to scattered and remote Adirondack camps went into the making of Adirondack Furniture and the Rustic Tradition, originally published in 1987 by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., and republished by The Blueline Press in 2011. Craig Gilborn, the author, brought seven years’ of study and work at the Winterthur Museum, a renowned center for the study of American art and home, to the Adirondack Museum, where he moved on beginning as director there in 1972. He planned the loan exhibition, “Adirondack Rustic: Camp Furniture, 1876-1926,” which featured furniture that incorporated some part of the tree—root, branch and twig. Made mostly by Adirondack men in winter for camp owners and summer people as a sideline of work ordinarily done in the woods, the furniture was an authentic expression of a culture and a way of life. In addition to unveiling a little-known craft of the past for the first time, the 1976 exhibition contributed to the revival of rustic work in and around the Adirondacks.
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"A delight to anyone . . . who appreciates an art form."