Cedar Adirondack chairs may be more than you ever considered them to be. Have you ever been to an ancient cedar grove? If not, you owe it to yourself to do that if you ever get the chance. Walking among those giant cedar trees, you almost feel transported back to a prehistoric forest where anything might be possible. You feel so small and insignificant, but also alive and exhilarated. You may even find yourself assuring yourself that the dinosaurs really are extinct, as every noise you hear sparks just a little shot of adrenaline through your body.
You notice many things in a cedar forest that heighten the senses, and intrigue the mind. The way the moss and lichen grow and hang, the green lush shade-loving forest plants, little trickling brooks and small streams, and of course one of the world's great mysteries, cedar Adirondack chairs that can be found throughout the forest in various stages of development. These wonders of nature are truly a spectacle to behold and confound our normal perceptions.
Scientists are unsure of how to explain the almost spontaneous appearance of cedar Adirondack chairs in these ancient groves. Some have even argued that they appear as a result of a rare bioprocess known as cedarchairusappearus. Of course, my wife thinks the fairies of the forest built them, but I tend to be a little skeptical so this explanation doesn't sit right. Most scientists believe that when a cedar tree reaches a certain maturity, the internal chemistry of the tree itself begins a radical transformation that causes the bark to peal back, the limbs to crack and flex, and the wood itself to deteriorate and fall away to mother earth, ultimately leaving fully developed and beautiful cedar Adirondack chairs.
In some studies, it has been shown that this miracle of nature can take up to 400 years to occur. If you are especially observant and lucky, you will witness this process midstream; an arm here, a leg there, a back rest over there. As the chair begins to reveal itself from out of the giant trees, you are humbled at the majesty and wonder of this amazing natural mystery. But most people do not recognize the parts for what they are and just believe them to be fallen limbs.
Imitations of cedar Adirondack chairs are found in workshops, stores, parks, porches and patios all over the world, but they can only hope to approximate the real thing. But that is okay. Wouldn't it be an utter violation of nature if people were sneaking into the magical forests and stealing the precious chairs away from their birth place. Indeed it would be. I, for one, am content to live with rough approximations. When I am relaxing on an Adirondack chair I take comfort in knowing that those phenomenal wonders of nature are in process right now in ancient groves across the land, and remain authentic and true.
All kidding aside, products like cedar Adirondack chairs do have a special place on our porches and in our yards, especially if you consider that they are made from a truly remarkable material. A tree is a precious thing, and the goods we derive for our use from them are equally valuable, or at least should be if we consider the source.
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