Scapa Crafts Orkney Chairs

Arts & Crafts

12 Scapa Court, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1BJ

    Unique Chairs, Unique Quality... from Scapa Crafts! We handcraft Traditional Orkney Strawback Chairs using Orkney-grown oat straw and Driftwood. We pride ourselves on the quality of our Orkney Chairs. Enjoy tomorrows heirlooms today!

    Orkney Chairs have been at the heart of the home for centuries.  Many a person would have relaxed at the fireside, cosy and sheltered from the draughts sneaking through the old stone house.

    Long ago Orkney Chairs were  humble pieces of furniture fashioned from driftwood from the shore. Straw for the stitched chair back came from the oat crop, the oats would be eaten as porridge or oatcakes and every bit of the straw would be used, either as cattle feed or to make chairs, baskets or rope, nothing was wasted. 

    Today Orkney Chairs are skillfully made by dedicated chairmakers and grace family homes, castles, museums and galleries.   Scapa Crafts still collect driftwood and use only the finest Orkney oat straw to create unique and comfortable Orkney Chairs.

    All our hand-crafted Orkney Chairs are available in different woods and in 3 sizes: Gent’s, Lady’s and Child’s with a Hood and/or Drawer.

    The upright, shaped design offers therapeutic protection for your back. 

    Scapa Crafts Orkney Chairs are the perfect birthday, wedding and anniversary gift, a treasured heirloom for generations to come! 

    Making Orkney Chairs is very much a family business at Scapa Crafts.  Husband and wife team Jackie and Marlene Miller have worked together for over 25 years supported by master joiner, Ian.  The Orkney Chairmaking tradition is entering a new generation for Scapa Crafts now as Jackie and Marlene pass on their skills to family friend Michael, daughter Bridget and granddaughter Leah.  

    It takes time to make a beautiful, high quality Orkney Chair. Each Orkney Chair base has over 30 hand-crafted joints and will take Ian a full week to make.  An Orkney Chair with a Hood requires 7 sheaves of Orkney Oat straw all of which Marlene will painstakingly clean stalk by stalk.  Only when each stalk is clean will the straw of the Orkney Chair shine as Marlene wants it to.  Jackie will then stitch the Strawback and Hood, a skill requiring almost another two weeks.

    Every detail has to be perfect before Jackie is happy to put his signature on your Orkney Chair.  As he says, ”When you buy an Orkney Chair you want it to be right, perfect in fact.” 

    The family hope you will enjoy your Orkney Chair as much as they enjoy making them.   

    ”If you’re delighted, we’re delighted.“

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    We are normally open all year Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00 pm - 5:00pm
    Follow the Craft Trail and the Scapa Crafts Orkney Chairs signs to our Workshop and Showroom at 12 Scapa Court, Kirkwall, Orkney


    • Children Welcome


    • City Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Young People


    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted

    Payment Methods

    • BACS
    • Debit Card
    • Internet Banking Transfer
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street

    Road Directions

    Follow the Craft Trail and the Scapa Crafts Orkney Chairs signs to our Workshop and Showroom at 12 Scapa Court, Kirkwall, Orkney.  We are situated about half way between Kirkwall Harbour and Highland Park Distillery and about half a mile from St. Magnus Cathedral.  We would be delighted to show you our handcrafted Orkney Chairs, do visit us.  Free street parking beside Workshop and access suitable for wheelchairs.

    Public Transport Directions

    We are best reached by car or on foot.  The Workshop is on your left about 100m from the junction as you enter Scapa Court.  Look for the Craft Trail sign and lettering Scapa Crafts Orkney Chairs on our Workshop window.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • the information point


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction


    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • all routes
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Good colour / tonal contrast used throughout the attraction e.g. doors contrast strongly with floors/walls

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