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Carluke chairs

 

Carluke chairs are to be found all over Scotland turning up in cafes, kitchens, auctions and outhouses. They were made by the furniture making firms based in Carluke when it was a centre for furniture making in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Couples who were setting up house could buy all their household items from chairs to fire irons and girdles from the one firm.

 

Here are two designs bought for everyday use more than 100 years ago. The “Glasgow” pattern, with its straight top rail running between the uprights was commonly made in Lowland Scotland. However, chairs made in Carluke are recognisable by the crosscut front corners, the softwood seat set into the frame (dyked) and a raised strip nailed along the back of the seat. The chairs were usually of birch and varnished to look like a more expensive wood.

 

The "Edinburgh" pattern had a top rail which ran across the top of the uprights or even extended beyond them. This Carluke example has a broad curved rail and again was made from birch. The turned legs used by the Carluke furniture makers were often made at the Burnside Sawmill of Mr Andrew Stark.

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