African Mahogany is the only wood we use that is not locally sourced. Like all our wood, it is sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). If left outdoors and allowed to weather naturally, Mahogany chairs eventually turn a beautiful silvery-grey. More durable than Pine and able to withstand harsh climates, Mahogany is a wonderful choice for both indoor decor and/or functional outdoor furniture. Folding for easy transport and storage, why not use it both indoors AND outdoors?
Weight: Approx. 20 lbs
Dimensions: Front to Back 32”; Width at end of cord knots: 26"; Height: 33"; Seat Height: 14”; Width when folded: 6”
Weight Capacity: 500+ lbs
Rot & UV Resistant Cord
SUSTAINABLE: Made with locally sourced Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)- Certified wood
THERAPEUTIC for the low back: 'Knees higher than hips' design takes pressure off lumbar spine. Endorsed by a certified chiropractor
FOLDING for easy transport & storage
COMFORTABLE: If you're not satisfied with the comfort of your Pioneer Chair, return it for free within the first 30 days
HANDCRAFTED by a small family business in rural New Hampshire, USA
Will a Pioneer Chair hold me? What's the weight capacity?
As no one has ever broken a Pioneer Chair (and, we've had people 400 lbs sit in our chairs), we don't know! We estimate a weight capacity of 300 lbs for Pine chairs (500lb for Ash/African Mahogany). If you have a problem, we'd be happy to repair the chair for you, free of cost.
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. 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 6 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 will my chairs look like if I allow them to weather naturally?
As Ash chairs weather, they become a beautiful golden color. As Mahogany weathers, it turns to a beautiful silvery-grey. Keep in mind that even as these chairs weather, they will remain structurally sound. The rope is rot and UV-resistant. To slow natural weathering process, bring your chairs indoors during heavy rain or snow.
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 Pine, Ash and Mahogany?
At only 8 lb. Pine is our lightest chair; it is perfect for transport. Pine is not as durable as our hardwoods, Ash or Mahogany. For example, if you were to press your fingernail firmly into Pine wood, it would leave a fingernail-shaped depression behind. Both Ash & Mahogany are durable hardwoods. There are oils naturally occurring in these woods, so these chairs are naturally weather-resistant and perfect for outdoor applications. Ash and Pine are lighter in color than Mahogany. Ash is our most dense and durable wood, historically 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.
Since each piece of wood is unique, please allow for variations in color and weight
For shipping rates to countries outside the USA or Hawaii and Alaska, please contact us for a custom quote