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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Quest for the Ultimate Adirondack Chair

First prototype in the shop.
For  SIXTEEN YEARS  we have worked and reworked the classic Adirondack Chair design in a quest to come up with the  ULTIMATE  

The Adirondack chair design has been around forever, and the list of variations and similar designs is endless. Despite the many reasons we love the iconic Adirondack chair design, there are many shortcomings we wished to improve upon with our new design including comfort and quality while adding a touch of Detour North style!

Extra Wide Armrests & Curved Seat Front
We have made many changes to our designs over the years, all improving upon each other as we've evolved the design. Our primary goal - the most comfortable and sturdy Adirondack style chair ever made.

Large, extra wide armrests to accommodate the drink of your choice while enjoying the outdoors - heck bring a plate of BBQ chicken and potato salad out, our extra wide armrests can take it all! This is a classic element of the Adirondack chair, but ours take it to the next level. To attach these beastly armrests to our chair we use several massive 4" riser screws and sink them into the huge half log legs that are the signature of our chair design. Our half log legs create a rock solid chair that can take anything you throw at it, and to make it even stronger we use full 2" lumber to create the base of the seat. We overbuilt this chair from the ground up. Most Adirondack designs wobble and flex after a short time.... Not this one!

Contoured Seat Back
Sturdy and indestructible was only our second goal for our chair, our primary goal was the ultimate in comfort. The key to our design's unbelievable comfort is our extra high, curved seat back and curved seat. No flat back here. We could talk about how comfortable this chair is all day long, but you truly need to have a seat in it before you'll understand! The extra effort we put in curving the back puts this chair in a class of its own. To top it all off we make the back extra tall to allow your head to rest so you can truly relax and enjoy yourself. With the chair's 100% cedar construction, this chair is made to last without the cold composite material or plastic chairs found all over.  Our wood construction brings a warmth and comfort that many of the modern alternatives just can't compete with.

Words can only go so far in showing you what our new chair is all about. We encourage you to stop out and see for yourself! Once you take a seat in our redesigned Adirondack chair you will know why we call it the ULTIMATE Adirondack chair!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wood Floors & Cougars

New wood floor in the beginning stages of installation.
Just getting started!
One thing that we always struggle with communicating to our customers is that we pretty much do everything in regards to cabin decor and lodge themed design. We like to tailor our work exactly to what fits our customers, and we are not intimidated by any task. One specialty that we actually do quite a bit of is unique, rustic wood floors. We really enjoy the transformation that our wood floors bring to a cabin - even when there are COUGARS prowling around the cabin!

Over the last week we have been spending most of our time dedicated to one of our great customer's cabins.  They recently purchased the cabin which has been in place for quite a while, and they have been making it their own ever since. The cabin had a great cozy, northwoods cabin feel to it, but it just needed something to push it over the edge. As with many of these older cabins, the existing floor was linoleum which does not bring a whole lot to the table for the look. The old linoleum did have a little retro charm to it though, and it was almost sad to see it go! Our customers were out of town for the week, and we really wanted to surprise them and get the floor in before they came back to the cabin this week...

Chris Kuehn putting the first coat of finish onto the newly laid floor.
Main floor is down, and the finishing stages underway.
After a solid day into the floor, we noticed some strange looking tracks in the snow out in the yard. We looked at them from the window trying to figure out what they could be, and we just could not match them to the obvious culprits such as a deer, dog, fox, coyote, or even a wolf for that matter.  The track pattern was off, and we noticed that in some places it made HUGE leaps from one set, to the next.  We had to get a closer look, and after talking about it and processing all the details it finally clicked - COUGAR tracks. Once we made the connection it was pretty obvious it couldn't be anything else, unless of course our customers had a really, really big house cat they never told us about. This discovery definitely made things more interesting; we weren't afraid of being 'attacked,' but it certainly made cutting boards outside after dark a titch more exciting!

Overhead view of an unfinished section of the newly laid floor.
Overhead of an unfinished section of floor.
Despite the risk of impending cougar attacks, we pressed on. Making quick work of the floor, we moved to get all the finishing touches in place including setting up new pieces of our furniture.  All in all, we laid floor in two bedrooms, the hallway, and the main room which included the living room and kitchen. Talk about an upgrade! The new floor just pushes the cabin over the top, and really classes it up from the old linoleum look! However, even with the new floor look, the floor still delivers a rustic charm that works so well with the existing vintage walls and does not feel out of place.

Finished floor, and our furniture moved back into place. Doesn't get much better than this!
Don't take our word for it though, take a look for yourself! Here is a shot from the living room after all the dust settled, and some of our furniture pieces are back in place. We really love the look a well done wood floor brings into a home or cabin, especially when they turn out this great!

- Detour North Cabin Outfitters

Monday, February 2, 2015

The New Project

The last several years at Detour North have really been something! We continue to grow and explore new and exciting things that we can share with everyone, and this drives us to continue being creative and to think outside the box.  We never want to be satisfied with the 'same old' and choose to bring our excitement and creativity to everything that we do, as the journey and story is what makes us and our products what we are.

In light of this, we are looking forward to a new adventure as we dive more heavily into the world of the internet and our online store, and all the possibilities that it creates.  We love that the creation process and the story are what make our projects what they are; everything we do has our whole attention and artistic influence, and our customers have a huge role in shaping everything that we do.

We thought that a blog would be a fantastic way to chronicle our journey through our day to day projects and creations to share the whole story behind much of what we do. We won't limit this purely to our products, but every part of what we do.  From long nights spent working in the workshop and brainstorming with a customer on a custom job to breathing the spring blooms on a lively trout stream or crisp autumn mornings sitting in the deer stand, all of these experiences shape what we do, and we would like to share those with you here.

Bare with us as we begin this new step, but we should have a lot of fun along the way!
- Detour North