1971.22.201 | Chair
About 1870, 19th century
96.5 x 103.5 x 54 cm
Gift of Dr. Berton A. Puddington Estate
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
While the cook was in command in the cookhouse, the bunkhouse was equally the preserve of the camp foreman or "Bull of the Woods." Isolated in the winter woods, the camp was much like a ship at sea and the identity of the captain was in no doubt. The first one up in the bunkhouse, the foreman led the men in to breakfast. Once on site, he usually met expectations by working faster and harder than any of the lumberjacks. On weeknight evenings, the lights went out at 9 p.m., leaving little else to do but sleep.
Old barrels, boxes and waste wood were turned into rough camp furniture for inside and out. Double chairs like this one may have been used by for camp musicians or storytellers, who occupied a special place in the bunkhouse on Saturday night because of their skills.
Source : All in a Day's Work: Lumbering in New Brunswick [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)
The seat of this chair is made from two single cuts of logs. The legs and rungs are fastened using pegs, while the back is nailed together.
Camp furniture was made on-site near a ready supply of material.
This type of furniture was usually made on a Sundays.
Some camp foremen hired players and singers with no logging experience to entertain the workers.