AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum
Please Help Identify These Chairs
I am not sure where to post this:
BELOW IS SOME BRIEF INFORMATION THAT MAY HELP WITH MY INQUIRY:
When I was a child, I remember lots and lots of CHAIRS around my grandfather's place in Louisiana that family members referred to as hide-bottom chairs. My grandfather used to make them. The chair itself was slightly smaller than chairs of today. They were a ladder-back style, and were made from white oak. The seats were made from tanned cowhide, and were as strong and as tight as drums. One could stand on them. My grandfather would cut the hide into strips on the undersides of the chairs and secure them tightly. .....I remember my grandmother having a rocking chair that was made in this manner. The seat and backrest of the rocking chair was made from hide.
When I was younger, I took this furniture for granted, and had no interest in it. My grandfather has been dead for 40 years. I was able to obtain ONE chair during a trip home. The rest have 'disappeared' over the years.
My grandfather also used to weave beautiful baskets.... all of his baskets have 'disappeared' as well. (He was once featured in a local newspaper for his basket weaving)
I have inquired many places as to where this style of furniture originates. Does anyone on this board have any insight to this?
Many thanks and appreciation in advance.