Hello, my name is Clark Gross my friends call me CJ which is short for Clark junior. Humble beginnings have taken me from a garage to my current wood shop located at 1008 East New Circle Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40505. My story goes something like this.......
Our First Adirondack ChairsIn 1996, I was looking for some wooden outdoor chairs and tables for a new deck and screened-in-porch I had just finished building onto my home. My interest in Adirondack chairs and Adirondack furniture came about while looking at pictures of them in various outdoor living magazines that I had purchased during my project. Needless to say, I fell in love and was hooked on the classic beauty of Adirondack chairs. I began searching the local stores and looking through catalogs, but all I found were thin fragile tooth-pick looking chairs that all looked the same. Yes, I was disappointed because the chairs in the magazines looked great, but not the ones I found in the stores. This is when I decided to build my own. So I went back to work in my garage using some left over Treated Pine boards from my deck project and a magazine do-it-yourself project for a Chattahoochee Adirondack chair. The chairs I ended up building were different from the magazine because I altered the wood dimensions. My first chairs ended up being wider and thicker, but they looked nice and I was pleased. It turned out later that making them different was a good thing because they ended up being extremely sturdy chairs. In fact, I still have one of them today that is 18 years old and it is as solid as ever. You could say this was the beginning of Clarks Outdoor Chairs as I soon found myself getting requests from my family and friends to build them some.
What We Believe Customers WantToday the Adirondack chair market is saturated with an abundance of mass produced chairs from China and Vietnam. It seems that finding affordable high quality handcrafted Adirondack chairs is not easy as good craftsmanship has taken a back seat to cost driven products. Sadly, a good many of these mass produced chairs are sold and people are left disappointed after they only last a year or two or until they get a real good strength and stress test. My belief is most people feel the same way I felt back in 1996; that is they want something better because they are weary of buying inferior cost driven foreign products. Many people want to buy quality American made products, but sadly they are either hard to find or too expensive. My goal is to offer people high quality Adirondack chairs and furniture that is competitively priced. Adirondack chairs are an iconic American classic outdoor chair and it is only fitting that they should be built here.
Looking AheadGoing forward, we will continue to offer our high quality Adirondack chairs as support from people wanting quality American made products continues to grow. We will also continue to work with other high quality USA producers of outdoor furniture that we can proudly sell along with our chairs.
Special Thank You
We want to thank our past customers for choosing us and hope you are proud and enjoying your Adirondack chairs and outdoor furniture.