Well, it seems our visit to your workshop in September was our 'time' and, even better, a slot became available enabling us to receive our chair in a matter of weeks rather than months - it was obviously meant to be! It is very comfortable and fits in really well with our other furniture - we're looking forward to showing it off to our friends and family !
I love the tradition of the Orkney Chair-how it came about originally and the way it continues to be made today using the long established methods. The appeal of the design and fabric rings out even in the context of a modern home. As a family we are fortunate to own a very old chair made from salvaged, panelled (ships?) doors from Flotta which was intelligently and sympathetically restored some years ago for us by Jackie at Scapa Crafts. It is a wonderful piece and it led me to want to commission something special for a present day Orcadian home with a nod to our Scandinavian neighbours across the sea. Something that would sit well with pale floorboards, modern tinted walls, sheepskins and large windows streaming with northern light. You get the picture? The limed wax oak chair was born. A generous seat width, simple drawer and pale wax finish achieves everything I had hoped for and it will continue to mellow with time and use. I think we were all delighted with the outcome and I am very grateful for Scapa Crafts for catching the ball and running with it.
Sue Flett, Orkney - July 2013
'I really love the chair. I put it in front of the open fireplace where I love to sit when it gets cold outside.'
Peo Koehler, Germany
'Many thanks for my Orkney Chair. It arrived and I am delighted with it. Many people visit me and I shall also tell my chiropracter. I am sure my chair will be good for my back and I shall never again slouch on my settee! As I am 82 I feel that I have bought an heirloom!'
Barbara Neusam, England.
'Both chairs are very excellent and without any mistake. They smell very good and are giving a taste of Orkney to us. Perhaps we’ll have another chance to come to your beautiful country or to have the need to buy another piece of your famous products.'
Ulrich Dusterhoft, Germany
‘A beautiful piece of craftsmanship deserves to be admired but better still my husband sat in the chair all evening and was really impressed, as a back sufferer, with the support and comfort of the seat.’
Pat & Sydney Wood, Scotland
'How pleased we were to receive our Orkney Chair and how delighted we are with your very fine work. There were no problems with the delivery: cargo, customs etc. The package was in perfect condition and the chair as secure as a china tea cup.'
Nancy Schank, USA
'The enclosed photos tell you the chair now has pride of place in our house. It is admired by all, and some envious. Many thanks for all your trouble.'
Bob & Dorothy Kirkham, New Zealand.
'I took delivery of the Orkney chair and stool that you made for me from McAdie & Reeve (whose delivery arrangements were, by the way, excellent.) I am absolutely delighted with them. They will be treasured and have already been much admired by friends. I am very grateful to you and I wanted to let you know just how pleased I am.'
Charles Harpum, England.
'We are delighted with our chair and stool and people often ask where we found them so they can buy one too. We tell them about your beautiful island and how much we want to go back.'
Shirley Corse, France.
'We have received our Orkney Chair and are truly impressed with the finished product. It now takes pride of place in our home and in a short time has been very much admired by friends. Thank you for dealing with our request so quickly and professionally and in a manner which typifies Orkney and it’s people.'
Alister & Anne Cormie, Scotland
'We are very happy with the beautiful chair and we think every day of the hospitality at your home. Cookies or Chairs, Handmade are the Best!'
John & Thea van Ramesdonk, Holland
'Two important things happened…
We bought an Orkney Chair for which we have found a good place in our living room. We are very happy with it and appreciate your work you have done in such a short time. Thanks a lot.
We got married!'
Michael & Renate, Germany
'The chair looks beautiful in my sitting room and I’ve been meaning to have an Orkney Chair since I was married 30 years ago! Both of us had Orkney parents so it is a very appropriate thing for me to buy. Thank you again.'
Maureen Logie, Scotland
'We are delighted with the chair and it looks great in our living room. We will enjoy it and treasure such a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.'
Irene Neilson, Scotland
'The Orkney Chair arrived here last week. It’s beautiful and looks marvellous in my old cottage as if it belonged there always. Thank you for doing such a fine piece of work for me.'
Alison Easton, England
‘My chair is very comfortable and I have spent many hours this winter sitting in it and reading in front of the fire.’
Claire Dean and her pup Ruby, USA
'I would like to thank you for the considerable effort you took to ensure that the chair got to us quickly and safely; the workmanship is really excellent and the chair is a delight to own. We will certainly recommend you to any of our friends here who contemplate owning an Orkney Chair. Thank you for the high standard of the workmanship which went into the making of the chair.'
John & Sally Bartkowiak, USA.