Dixie Seating Company has been around since the 1930s and we are still making our products using the same methods. These methods might seem time-consuming for some manufacturers, but for Dixie Seating Company these methods are the foundation that create the high-quality of products that we supply. We recently received an email from a customer about a set of children’s chairs that have been in their family since the 1950s that proves that these time-honored methods leads to timeless quality.
“I’ve had these chairs since I was a kid in the late 50s. My daughter used them, and now my grand-daughter is going to use them.They are very well made and are still very solid. I found a stamping on the bottom that looks like DIXIE SEATING CO N.C, and has what looks like the number 78-41 1/4.If you made these, could you give any info you have, like when they were made? I’m refinishing them and they will become family heirlooms to be passed on for future generations.”
Mr. Ken Roy and his wife sent us this email along with photos of the products he was referring to back in August. They were preparing to refinish their collection of Dixie Seating Company childrens chairs for their granddaughter. It is not uncommon for us to receive messages similar to Mr. Roy’s and it is always a delight! Knowing that our hard work and passion to create quality products is being enjoyed by families from all over the United States is extremely satisfying.
Our owner, Dirk Baker sent the following reply:
“Thank you for the photos and the kind words about Dixie Seating products. We do obviously build our items to last and you are proof of that. As best we can tell the chair and child rocker are from the late 40’s to 50’s. One of the neat things is that the construction methods that we use today mirror the methods found in your pieces including interlocking, swelled-joint construction. The wood was mostly red oak and possibly had poplar backs and the he stretchers between the legs are most likely made of hickory.
We would suggest a light sanding prior to finishing and then applying a sealer or primer coat, followed by a light sanding and then top coating the pieces. I would love to receive a photo of the finished items when you get done and would appreciate the opportunity to post a before and after picture.
As you probably saw on our site, we still manufacture these products in Statesville, NC and use only domestic woods and finishes. Thanks again for reaching out to us.”
Below are the images of Mr. Roy’s refinished chairs. It is heart-warming to hear that a customer has been so satisfied with their products for several years and through multiple generations that they are willing to put a little love and work back into the product to keep it for generations to come. Every piece that comes out of our factory is made with the hope and intention that your family will enjoy it for years just as Mr. Roy’s family has.