Scapa Crafts

The Orkney Chair - Practical, comfortable and hardwearing

Scapa Crafts have proudly been handmaking unique, premium quality Orkney chairs for decades, passionately carrying on an island tradition with an attention to detail that’s earned this Kirkwall based family firm a global following.

Founded by Orkney chair maker Jackie Miller, the business has grown over the years to include Jackie’s wife Marlene, daughter Bridget and granddaughter Leah, along with master craftsman Ian and family friend Michael.

A feature of island homes for generations, Orkney chairs were traditionally made from driftwood – with few trees around, wood was in short supply – while their distinctive woven straw backs and hoods kept out the drafts in old stone-built croft houses.

Although Scapa Crafts – a Member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen - is one of the few makers still creating chairs from driftwood found on Orkney shorelines, the majority of the bases and frames are now made using only the highest quality hardwoods, including oak, walnut and sapele.

Reflecting Scapa Craft’s commitment to the heritage of the islands, the strong golden oat straw used to weave and hand stitch the chair backs is all locally grown by Deerness farmer Allan Scott and harvested the old fashioned way to avoid damaging its long, smooth strands.

Practical, comfortable and hardwearing, Scapa Craft’s Orkney chairs are also strikingly attractive and stylish pieces of furniture. Much sought after, they now grace homes in every corner of the world, with each chair made carrying Jackie Miller’s signature and quality seal of approval.

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