LUDLOW - Thanks to the master craftsmanship of Brent Karner of Ludlow, the Black River Academy Museum or BRAM now has an historic replica of one of the L.G. Fullam chairs produced at its Ludlow factory during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The unique chair, made of local wood, will be raffled off by BRAM. It is currently located in the museum's second floor auditorium.
Based on information compiled by local historian Janet Upton, by 1899 the company was manufacturing between 150 and 200 Fullam chairs per day.
There were 50 different styles of hardwood chairs with reed and rattan seats and backs. Ninety percent of these chairs were rocking chairs. It is estimated that the Fullam manufacturing company cut and used more than one-quarter of a million feet of hardwood per year. Along with the Fullams, mills that manufactured lumber for building cleared the land of much of its timber. The hills and valleys around Ludlow became so deforested during the 1800s.
BRAM is promoting the chair in an exhibition entitled, "What the Rocker Knows".
Additional information on the exhibit is available at 228-5050.