Stick Chairs of the World, Unite!


I’ve long been obsessed with Welsh stick chairs. But if you’ve known me for more than 5 minutes, you know I’m going to prod the historical record to see what else might be lurking in the dim corners of early homes.

Stick chairs can be found in many cultures. In fact, every culture that researcher Suzanne Ellison and I start investigating has some variant of this chair.

This is no surprise. A stick chair is a logical answer to the question: How do you build a chair quickly with few tools and few materials?


For this blog entry, I pulled some of the photos we’ve collected from Western Europe. What I love about these examples is how the same idea is interpreted slightly differently. Some of these are – to my eye – sublime (even if they are intended for night soil).

— Christopher Schwarz

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6 Responses to Stick Chairs of the World, Unite!

  1. jbrocon says:

    Mr. Schwarz, Saw the attached ad on Craig’s List last February and thought  you might like to see.

    J. Brooks

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

  2. Jordi S. says:

    Not a stick chair but a chair to help the labour of childbirth.

  3. Jordi says:

    Not a stick chair but a chair to help the labor of childbirth:

  4. It’s quite obvious what has happened here. Wales was invaded from Europe so often that they all took a fine looking Welsh stick chair back with them and copied it……

  5. Peter Corfield says:

    I’d say the first photo is a lovely commode chair.

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