Adirondacks theme of show

GLENS FALLS It was all about the Adirondacks this weekend in Glens Falls. The Adirondack Living Show, billed as the largest show of its type in the country, filled the Dome at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Glens Falls. With more than 150 exhibitors expected, the show is a celebration of camps, Adirondack art, rustic living and outdoor life. The Adirondack style has become a cult, said Sharon Burstein, who worked on marketing the show. Its not indigenous to the Adirondacks anymore, its prevalent nationwide now. She said that local Adirondack artisans are no longer struggling to survive, but in some cases, struggling to keep up with demand. Everything here is made in the U.S.A, she said. Exhibitors varied from post and beam homes to specialty sauces and seasoning, and even an exhibit of furniture for cats. Boats, magazines, furniture for indoors and out and artisans of many kinds were displaying their work. Brant Lake photographer Carl Heilman II had his photos on display along with his books. Over the years Ive watched the Adirondack theme grow, especially the furniture, Heilman said. It is a national phenomenon. His business of Adirondack pictures and books has grown as his name has become better known. Peter Schoonmaker of Gloversville makes new Westport chairs to exact specifications. I got into it because the Westport chair has such a place in Adirondack history, Schoonmaker said. All Adirondack chairs emanate from the original Westport. The Westport chair was designed and created by Thomas Lee with what he called exactly comfortable angles. It was the outdoor comfort chair for summer homes and hotels of the Adirondacks in the early 20th century. Schoonmaker said he started making his Westport chairs from pine or spruce, as were the originals, but now he uses mahogany to prevent splitting and pitch. Anthony Segreti of Dutchess County was shopping for his second home on Lake George. I want to fill it with Adirondack stuff, he said, arms full of rustic framed pictures. He had plenty to choose from. This is a really growing industry, said David Daby of Tupper Lake. His Adirondack Rustic Creations are in demand even in western states. Colorado is a big spot for it, he said. Cynthia Sobkowich and her husband Richard have become dealers of Northern Log Homes in Adirondack. Most people want something small, or middle-of-the-road, she said. They usually pay with cash or a line of credit on their first home for a second home. She said many second home builders are planning for retirement and will rent their homes for a few weeks to help pay their taxes. David Seyler of Buffalo is a wildlife biologist who went into handcrafted lodge and cabin decor. My niche is wood burning into furniture, he said. And my moose antler floor lamp. I also do charcoal drawings on moose antlers. Margaret and Jim Doellefeld traveled to the show from their home in Albany. We live in a real woodsy part of Albany, Jim said. We came for the Adirondack patio furniture. Its a nice sunny day, so we thought wed take a walk along Lake George before the tourists get there, have lunch and shop at the outlets.

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