Blue Ridge Chair Works
Blue Ridge Chair Works
Blue Ridge Chair Works sells products around the globe and has been featured on sites such as Men's Journal, Urban Outfitters and dozens of prominent outdoor speciality magazines.
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The story of Blue Ridge Chair Works begins with the story of the great outdoors. Alan Davis, founder and Chairman of the company began his career as a white water rafting guide on The Cheat River in northern West Virginia and the Youghiogheny River in south West Pennsylvania. By the late 70’s Alan was a guide on the mighty Gauley River in central West Virginia every fall. In the winters he worked as a Professional Ski Patrolman at various mountains in Upstate New York and Vermont. In his spare time, Alan began a life long love affair with the art of trout fishing and spent his free chasing the next big catch. It was the 1970’s and screen printing had recently become popularized by Andy Warhol and was permeating pop culture. Screen printing machines had become widely available after being patented in 1969 and Alan and his fellow raft guides saw an opportunity to make some extra money for the company they worked for. The guys bought a screen printing machine and started pressing the rafting company’s logo to sell to tourists and locals alike who visited the river. The t-shirts were such a hit that Alan and his partners soon went into business for themselves screen printing everything you can imagine. The company took off and was a huge success! The screen printing company had several successful years before calling it quits after a banking crisis led to financial turmoil across the country. After the company closed up shop, Alan took several years to relax and enjoy his outdoor passions. He built a home in Western North Carolina that sits nestled in the woods, and hand crafted with beautiful wood cuts from around the world. The home was quickly dubbed, “Shangri-La” In his new home, Alan built a basement level with plenty of room for a wood working workshop. The workshop allowed Alan to tinker with another one of his favorite hobbies, crafting canoe paddles for himself and his fellow adventurers. Years previously, Alan had apprenticed with a fellow crafter who taught him about the specific and intricacies of wood working, and trained him to high standards. Eventually, his craft grew and soon Alan was creating everything from cutting boards to chairs. Eventually, Blue Ridge Chair Works was born.
Today, Blue Ridge Chair Works sells products around the globe and has been featured on sites such as Men’s Journal, Urban Outfitters and dozens of prominent outdoor speciality magazines.