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DUX don’t “Quack”

or split or fade in the sun!

What DUX outdoor furniture is…

  • DUX outdoor furniture won’t crack, split or fade and never needs repainting.
  • Built to last a lifetime, outdoors
  • Made with Starboard (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer
  • We use stainless steel hardware with mortised joints for strength. Wheels are attached with 3/8” stainless steel bolts with lock nuts. All glider and swivel hardware is heavy duty 316 grade stainless steel
  • No maintenance required
  • They unique designs were created and built by Bill Simpson, designer, artisan and craftsman
  • Built with flexible seat and back slats that conform to your body for unexpected comfort
  • Ergonomically designed for comfort with great lower back support
  • Custom designed and manufactured in Independence, VA

What DUX outdoor furniture is not…

  • It is not made from used plastic bottles that have been recycled into your furniture
  • It is not a mass marketed, mass produced mainstream product
  • It is not the typical uncomfortable Adirondack style furniture that is so difficult to get out of
  • It is not going to end up in a landfill in a couple years from now

Questions?
Text us at 276-768-6364 or
Email bill@DUXoutdoors.com

Products

Unusually Comfortable Seating… No cushions needed!

Standard DreamRocker

Price: $995

(fits adults from 5’-6” to 6’-8” tall)

This rocking chair is designed for comfort, and it really delivers!  But it’s also made to last a lifetime, made from Starboard HDPE(High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance.  The Standard DreamRocker also includes a handle at the back for easy movement, a unique comfort strip at the front edge of the seat slats and the unique and replaceable “rocker rail” to insure smooth rocking for a lifetime.  It’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort with great lumbar support and flexible back and seat slats that conform to your shape!

Dimensions: ”29 1/2” wide x 45 1/2” tall x 39” deep, weight capacity: 250 lbs.

Medium DreamRocker

Price: $995

(fits adults up to 5’-6” tall).

This rocking chair is designed for comfort, and it really delivers!   But it’s also made to last a lifetime, made from Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance.  The Medium DreamRocker also includes a handle at the back for easy movement, a unique comfort strip at the front edge of the seat slats, the unique and replaceable “rocker rail” to insure smooth rocking for a lifetime.  It’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort with great lumbar support and flexible back and seat slats that conform to your shape!

Dimensions: 29” wide x 42” tall x 36” deep, weight capacity: 200 lbs.

Chair

Price: $650

Made with Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance.  This chair includes a handle at the back and wheels for easy movement, a unique comfort strip at the front edge of the seat slats, 2 duck feet for stability, and a built-in cup holder and wine glass holder. And of course it’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort with great lumbar support but with flexible back and seat slats that conform to your shape!

Dimensions: 32” wide x 34 1/4” tall x 25” deep, weight capacity: 250 lbs.

Bench

Price: $1,100

Made with Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance.  This bench includes a handle at the back and wheels for easy movement, a unique comfort strip at the front edge of the seat slats, 2 duck feet for stability, and a built-in cup holder and wine glass holder. The handle is also designed to accept a 1 1/2” diameter umbrella stand so you can sit comfortably in the shade even on a hot summer day.  And of course it’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort with great lumbar support but with flexible back and seat slats that conform to your shape!

Dimensions: 54” wide x 34 1/4” tall x 25” deep, weight capacity: 500 lbs.

Bench Glider

Price: $1,400

Made with Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance.  This bench glider includes a handle at the back, a unique comfort strip at the front edge of the seat slats, 2 duck feet for stability, and a built-in cup holder and wine glass holder. And of course it’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort with great lumbar support but with flexible back and seat slats that conform to your shape!

Dimensions: 54” wide x 35” tall x 32” deep, weight capacity: 500 lbs.

Swivel Captains Chair

Price: $900

Made with Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance.  This swivel chair includes a handle at the back, a unique comfort strip at the front edge of the seat slats, 5 legs with duck feet for stability, and a built-in cup holder and wine glass holder.  And of course it’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort with great lumbar support but with flexible back and seat slats that conform to your shape!    It also includes a heavy duty 1/4” thick 316 grade stainless steel swivel to last a lifetime.

Dimensions: 32” wide x 34 3/4” tall x 31” deep, weight capacity: 250 lbs.

Perfect options to compliment your seating

Small Rectangle
Coffee Table

Price: $445

Made with Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance. Dimensions: 32” wide x 17” tall x 15 1/2” deep

Matching
Side Table

Price: $300

Made with Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance.  Dimensions: 20” wide x 16 3/4” tall x 20” deep, weight capacity: 50 lbs.

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Unusually Comfortable Seating… No cushions needed!

Standard DreamRocker

Price: $995

(fits adults from 5’-6” to 6’-8” tall)

This rocking chair is designed for comfort, and it really delivers! But it’s also made to last a lifetime, made from Starboard HDPE(High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance. The Standard DreamRocker also includes a handle at the back for easy movement, a unique comfort strip at the front edge of the seat slats and the unique and replaceable “rocker rail” to insure smooth rocking for a lifetime. It’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort with great lumbar support and flexible back and seat slats that conform to your shape!

Dimensions: ”29 1/2” wide x 45 1/2” tall x 39” deep, weight capacity: 250 lbs.

Medium DreamRocker

Price: $995

(fits adults up to 5’-6” tall).

This rocking chair is designed for comfort, and it really delivers! But it’s also made to last a lifetime, made from Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance. The Medium DreamRocker also includes a handle at the back for easy movement, a unique comfort strip at the front edge of the seat slats, the unique and replaceable “rocker rail” to insure smooth rocking for a lifetime. It’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort with great lumbar support and flexible back and seat slats that conform to your shape!

Dimensions: 29” wide x 42” tall x 36” deep, weight capacity: 200 lbs.

Chair

Price: $650

Made with Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance. This chair includes a handle at the back and wheels for easy movement, a unique comfort strip at the front edge of the seat slats, 2 duck feet for stability, and a built-in cup holder and wine glass holder. And of course it’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort with great lumbar support but with flexible back and seat slats that conform to your shape!

Dimensions: 32” wide x 34 1/4” tall x 25” deep, weight capacity: 250 lbs.

Bench

Price: $1,100

Made with Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance. This bench includes a handle at the back and wheels for easy movement, a unique comfort strip at the front edge of the seat slats, 2 duck feet for stability, and a built-in cup holder and wine glass holder. The handle is also designed to accept a 1 1/2” diameter umbrella stand so you can sit comfortably in the shade even on a hot summer day. And of course it’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort with great lumbar support but with flexible back and seat slats that conform to your shape!

Dimensions: 54” wide x 34 1/4” tall x 25” deep, weight capacity: 500 lbs.

Bench Glider

Price: $1,400

Made with Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance. This bench glider includes a handle at the back, a unique comfort strip at the front edge of the seat slats, 2 duck feet for stability, and a built-in cup holder and wine glass holder. And of course it’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort with great lumbar support but with flexible back and seat slats that conform to your shape!

Dimensions: 54” wide x 35” tall x 32” deep, weight capacity: 500 lbs.

Swivel Captains Chair

Price: $900

Made with Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance. This swivel chair includes a handle at the back, a unique comfort strip at the front edge of the seat slats, 5 legs with duck feet for stability, and a built-in cup holder and wine glass holder. And of course it’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort with great lumbar support but with flexible back and seat slats that conform to your shape! It also includes a heavy duty 1/4” thick 316 grade stainless steel swivel to last a lifetime.

Dimensions: 32” wide x 34 3/4” tall x 31” deep, weight capacity: 250 lbs.

Perfect options to compliment your seating

Small Rectangular Coffee Table

Price: $445

Made with Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance.

Dimensions: 32” wide x 17” tall x 15 1/2” deep

Matching Side Table

Price: $300

Made with Starboard HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a solid, strong, non-porous marine grade polymer that never cracks, fades or splits and never needs maintenance.

Dimensions: 20” wide x 16 3/4” tall x 20” deep, weight capacity: 50 lbs.

Questions?
Text us at 276-768-6364 or
Email bill@DUXoutdoors.com

Examples of this very comfortable outdoor furniture can be seen and experienced at the following public locations:

Red Dog Bar and Bistro in Piney Creek, VA (www.reddognc.com)
Dream Rock Silo BNB in Independence, VA (www.dreamrocksilo.com)
Grayson Highlands General Store in Mouth of Wilson, VA (www.graysongeneralstore.com)
Commercial Benches can be seen at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence, VA (www.historic1908courthouse.org)

Available Colors

  • Available in black, white, tan, charcoal gray and brown and wood grain colors.
  • Shipping is available since these can be shipped partially assembled.  It cost much less since you don’t have to ship a fully assembled chair or rocker.

Marine Grade HDPE Starboard Colors from kingplastics.com

Timberline Wood Grain Colors, HDPE with a wood grain color and texture from vycomplastics.com

This is the same great marine grade HDPE with superior weather resistance that never fades in the sun, but in wood grain!   This material adds texture and a nice contrast to a solid color frame.  Add 20% to the prices above when you order wood grain slats.

Questions?
Text us at 276-768-6364 or
Email bill@DUXoutdoors.com

Commercial Outdoor Furniture

For those who work in the public sector (or just have really wild parties at home), we now offer heavy duty outdoor benches and chairs made from the same marine grade HDPE, except 1/3 stronger!

  • Commercial Bench in 1” HDPE w/ 1/2” thick seat and back slats. Price: $1,400, on sale for $1,050.  Add $200 for wood grain seat and back slats.
  • Commercial Chairs in 1” HDPE w/ 1/2” thick seat and back slats. Price: $850, on sale for $637.50.  Add $100 for wood grain seat and back slats.
  • Commercial Dream Rockers in 1” HDPE w/ 1/2” thick seat and back slats.  Price $1295.00, on sale for $975.00.  Add $100.00 for wood grain seat and back slats.
  • Please Note: Cup holder and wine glass holders are not available for commercial benches or chairs.

Available Colors

Black, White, Dark gray.  More colors and the wood grain are available for the seat and back slats.

Questions?
Text us at 276-768-6364 or
Email bill@DUXoutdoors.com

Reviews

At my bnb, I love my DUX rockers, benches and chairs.  My guests are always asking me where I got them!  The petite women especially love the smaller Dreamrocker because their feet touch the ground.  As a bnb owner, I am always looking for ways to make my guests more comfortable and the DUX outdoor furniture is incredibly comfortable!  The seats conform to your body and the lumbar is perfect.  You just won’t believe how comfortable they are!

KPS, Innkeeper, Dream Rock Silo

I love my chairs from DUX that are now around my fire pit. Every time our friends sit down in them it’s as if they were custom made for each person, they just fit your body so perfectly!

W.I.

The mid-sized rocker was the perfect size for me at 5”-2”.  I didn’t have a hard time getting in or out of it.  The front edge of the seat doesn’t dig into the back of my legs (like most ordinary rockers/chairs) when I sat in it.  The arm rests are at a comfortable length and it’s nice to have the cup holders on the bench and chairs.  I like the quality of the material used so I don’t have to replace it for many years.

D.P.

It feels like I’m sitting in a BMW!

B.B.

We are so pleased with the benches made by DUX. The quality and craftsmanship is outstanding. They are adding to the beauty of our small town. Everyone who sees them loves them.

Laura R., Town Manager, Independence, VA

We ordered these chairs for seating in our restaurant’s waiting area. Wow, were we blown away when they were delivered! They are mind-blowingly comfortable, but the comfort is only a part of the amazing-ness. It’s like you just melt into the rocker! The craftsmanship is beyond comparison. Countless customers have raved over these chairs, and many have ordered some for themselves. You don’t find this level of quality anymore. I am confident they will last AT LEAST a lifetime (or two). I would recommend them to anyone.

Hannah, Red Dog Bar and Bistro

FIND THE BEST OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Questions?
Text us at 276-768-6364 or
Email bill@DUXoutdoors.com

Why “DUX”?

The word DUX is Latin for leader. It’s an appropriate name for what some consider to be the most comfortable outdoor polymer furniture they have ever experienced. We chose the name DUX because we want our furniture to become known as the best in the industry for comfort and quality and style. But we also wanted it to be a reminder of the long lasting marine durability of our outdoor furniture. It’s the highest quality material on the market, making it the leader in outdoor durability.

It’s a fun coincidence that it also sounds like the name of an unusual and interesting water fowl. Ducks are different birds. They have web feet. They quack rather than sing like other birds, They waddle when they walk. They live outdoors like our furniture and are unique, like our furniture. They seem like fun friendly birds to us and had some similarities to our furniture. We love the fact that ducks are unique but beautiful, like our furniture, and decided to have a little fun with the name.

We chose DUX to represent the premium comfort, quality, durability and style embodied in this furniture. We take that part very seriously but we also wanted to have some fun too. We’re quality minded artisans and craftsman but we have a sense of humor. So we added some whimsical duck feet to the chairs. It’s a subtle reminder not to take life too seriously. Life can be serious at times. But when you’re relaxing around your fire pit, or at the lake, it’s time for fun. It’s nearly impossible to be serious with duck feet on your chairs. So enjoy some laughs on us while you relax in the serious comfort of DUX!

What is my story?

My name is Bill Simpson and I am the designer/builder of DUX outdoor furniture.  I started out in my Dad’s cabinet shop when I was about 8 years old.  My Dad was a good teacher and my two brothers and I learned that only the highest quality standards were acceptable.  When I got older, my Dad and I decided to get our Contractors license.   When it came time to choose a college, I decided to go to Clemson University where I got a degree in Design from the College of Architecture.   Being a cabinet maker and contractor put me in the rare position of being able to build what I designed.  As a result, I found that I could never get comfortable in professional Architecture life, being mostly office work, with no actual hands-on building.  Therefore, for most of my life, I have had some sort of wood shop close by so I could design and build things.  Most recently, for almost 15 years, I have been building cabinets, but found myself more interested in furniture design.  And several years ago, when my wife and I bought an old dairy barn to renovate (Dream Rock Silo), I got a chance to build some outdoor furniture when I decided to make some chairs for around our fire pit.  After many prototypes, I finally had a nice comfortable folding chair made from red cedar.  I was very proud of those chairs and felt like I had found my purpose.  But after only a few years, when they started turning gray and deteriorating, I was very disappointed.  But I didn’t give up.  I started looking for a material that would last much longer.  There were plenty of Adirondack chairs around that used the recycled plastic bottle material but I found it had a rough texture and just didn’t have the quality or strength I wanted.  I kept looking until I found HDPE(High Density Polyethylene), a marine grade polymer that is very dense, very strong and more aesthetic.  It lasts longer outdoors and can be recycled, however unlikely it is that it would ever need to be.  While doing this research and pursuing my outdoor furniture “hobby”, my cabinet business was very busy.  I invested in a computerized router system to streamline my cabinet work.  It proved to be a very good decision.  Since HDPE material comes in sheets, not boards, I was able to make designs that could be cut out using my new system.  That system made it possible for me to design with more freedom and flair.  I wasn’t constrained to straight lines because I wasn’t using narrow boards but instead, I had a 4’ x 8’ blank canvas!

What drives me…

American made used to mean something.  But that was 30-40 years ago.  We used to have appliances that lasted 30 years!  Things were made with quality and the people who built things took pride in their work.  Things were actually handed down from generation to generation because they were so well made.  They lasted that long.  Working for our dad, he taught my brothers and me that quality was the most important thing.  And we learned that lesson very well, for fear of the consequences if we didn’t.  It probably wasn’t the best way to teach that lesson but we certainly got the message that anything less was unacceptable.  Today’s products are simply not quality; just look at our over-flowing landfills for the evidence of that fact.  I call it the “throw away” economy.  If we really wanted to improve our environment, we should buy things that last more than a couple years and end up in the local landfill.  My wife and I are on our third cordless vacuum in as many years.  I remember when vacuums lasted 20-30 years.  And it’s not the packaging, products these days look nice and flashy.  But the parts you don’t see are substandard, break easily and simply don’t last.  Some might say it’s intentional, but that’s probably just one of those dreaded conspiracy theories.  After all, why would anyone make a product designed to last only long enough to get it out of the store before it needs to be replaced?

Okay, I’ll get off my hobby horse.  All this was just to point out that I miss the days of quality made products.  I designed my furniture to last.  I’m sure it will be here long after I am.  But that’s kind of the point, isn’t it, producing a product that someone can enjoy for many years.  It’s not about making a quick buck.  Of course, making money is important if for no other reason than to be able to keep producing more products for more people to enjoy.  These are not cheap products.  They are made with the best quality marine grade HDPE and assembled with 316 stainless steel screws, glider hardware and swivels.  I want my furniture to last, whether it’s on your porch or on the beach.  And I want them to last a lifetime.  I know styles change so I have made my furniture to have a timeless classic design.  There are no “modern” or abstract ideas put forth here, just good design with comfort being the driving influence.  It’s hard to make an ergonomic design that doesn’t look a little funny.  I hope you don’t see an “ergonomic” chair but rather a nicely designed piece of furniture. But when you sit down, I hope you feel the ergonomic factor. I started with a rough pencil sketch of a rocker design I liked.  Then I spent the next couple years having our guests test it for comfort.  I kept adjusting until I had the magic response, either a smile, or the highly sought after “AAHHHH, this is great!”    Comfort was my primary concern, then durability, then design/style.  The material I use makes it relatively easy to do all three at a very high level.  It’s a great material that easily contours to the shape of the human body.  I even created special forms that I use to bend the seat and back slats by hand to the specific shape required to get the most comfort.  With those custom forms, I can get the exact same shape every time.  Every chair or rocker we make will have the same comfort factor from here on out.

Maybe I’m a little over the top on the subject of quality.  But really, if you want to do something, why would you do something half-assed, as my Dad used to say.  I say, be proud of what you do and do it to the best of your ability.  I love designing and building outdoor furniture, and will always build the best quality I can.

DUX outdoor furniture started as a very fun hobby but has turned into a dream business.  My main purpose from the beginning was and still is to make furniture that is very comfortable but has a distinctive style.  My wife Karen and I created Dream Rock Silo bnb, and she is the host.  We asked hundreds of our guests to “have a seat” so I could get feedback on what I could do to improve the comfort factor.  After months of adjusting, I believe I have finally achieved it.  My goal is to use clever thoughtful design elements to enhance the end users experience.  I include unique features that are not usually found in mass marketed furniture.  Things like decorative handles on the backs to make it easier to move furniture around.  And I put wheels on the chairs and loveseats to make them easier to move as well.  I designed a “rocker rail” for the bottoms of the rocking chairs for a smoother rock but it can be easily replaced if it ever gets damaged.  So you will always have that same smooth rock that you bought it for.  Of course, I added duck feet for fun.  But even they have a purpose.  Being wider, they keep the legs from sinking into the ground when you sit on a chair or bench. Then I added a “comfort strip” to the front edge of the seats of chairs and rockers.  This keeps the back of your legs comfortable.  Have you ever sat in a chair only to have the backs of your legs “pinched” or scratched by the sharp edges of the seat slats.  This eliminates that problem and makes your relaxing time truly relaxing!

Future…

I continue to create new designs because of how people have responded to our furniture.  Furniture making is probably where I was headed all along, but just didn’t know it.  And while it took a while to get here, I feel very fortunate to have arrived.  Many never do.  I believe much of that is due to my amazing wife.  I would probably never be able to tell this story without her continuous love and support.  Since she is a designer too, we have worked as a team on virtually everything including DUX.  She has encouraged me and contributed to my crazy ideas all these years.  I love creating with her and we will continue to work together to create unique and fun unusual projects. Living together in the southwestern corner of Virginia in the mountains, we are living a dream while I pursue my passion.

What is my story?

My name is Bill Simpson and I am the designer/builder of DUX outdoor furniture.  I started out in my Dad’s cabinet shop when I was about 8 years old.  My Dad was a good teacher and my two brothers and I learned that only the highest quality standards were acceptable.  When I got older, my Dad and I decided to get our Contractors license.   When it came time to choose a college, I decided to go to Clemson University where I got a degree in Design from the College of Architecture.   Being a cabinet maker and contractor put me in the rare position of being able to build what I designed.  As a result, I found that I could never get comfortable in professional Architecture life, being mostly office work, with no actual hands-on building.  Therefore, for most of my life, I have had some sort of wood shop close by so I could design and build things.  Most recently, for almost 15 years, I have been building cabinets, but found myself more interested in furniture design.  And several years ago, when my wife and I bought an old dairy barn to renovate (Dream Rock Silo), I got a chance to build some outdoor furniture when I decided to make some chairs for around our fire pit.  After many prototypes, I finally had a nice comfortable folding chair made from red cedar.  I was very proud of those chairs and felt like I had found my purpose.  But after only a few years, when they started turning gray and deteriorating, I was very disappointed.  But I didn’t give up.  I started looking for a material that would last much longer.  There were plenty of Adirondack chairs around that used the recycled plastic bottle material but I found it had a rough texture and just didn’t have the quality or strength I wanted.  I kept looking until I found HDPE(High Density Polyethylene), a marine grade polymer that is very dense, very strong and more aesthetic.  It lasts longer outdoors and can be recycled, however unlikely it is that it would ever need to be.  While doing this research and pursuing my outdoor furniture “hobby”, my cabinet business was very busy.  I invested in a computerized router system to streamline my cabinet work.  It proved to be a very good decision.  Since HDPE material comes in sheets, not boards, I was able to make designs that could be cut out using my new system.  That system made it possible for me to design with more freedom and flair.  I wasn’t constrained to straight lines because I wasn’t using narrow boards but instead, I had a 4’ x 8’ blank canvas!

What drives me…

American made used to mean something.  But that was 30-40 years ago.  We used to have appliances that lasted 30 years!  Things were made with quality and the people who built things took pride in their work.  Things were actually handed down from generation to generation because they were so well made.  They lasted that long.  Working for our dad, he taught my brothers and me that quality was the most important thing.  And we learned that lesson very well, for fear of the consequences if we didn’t.  It probably wasn’t the best way to teach that lesson but we certainly got the message that anything less was unacceptable.  Today’s products are simply not quality; just look at our over-flowing landfills for the evidence of that fact.  I call it the “throw away” economy.  If we really wanted to improve our environment, we should buy things that last more than a couple years and end up in the local landfill.  My wife and I are on our third cordless vacuum in as many years.  I remember when vacuums lasted 20-30 years.  And it’s not the packaging, products these days look nice and flashy.  But the parts you don’t see are substandard, break easily and simply don’t last.  Some might say it’s intentional, but that’s probably just one of those dreaded conspiracy theories.  After all, why would anyone make a product designed to last only long enough to get it out of the store before it needs to be replaced?

Okay, I’ll get off my hobby horse.  All this was just to point out that I miss the days of quality made products.  I designed my furniture to last.  I’m sure it will be here long after I am.  But that’s kind of the point, isn’t it, producing a product that someone can enjoy for many years.  It’s not about making a quick buck.  Of course, making money is important if for no other reason than to be able to keep producing more products for more people to enjoy.  These are not cheap products.  They are made with the best quality marine grade HDPE and assembled with 316 stainless steel screws, glider hardware and swivels.  I want my furniture to last, whether it’s on your porch or on the beach.  And I want them to last a lifetime.  I know styles change so I have made my furniture to have a timeless classic design.  There are no “modern” or abstract ideas put forth here, just good design with comfort being the driving influence.  It’s hard to make an ergonomic design that doesn’t look a little funny.  I hope you don’t see an “ergonomic” chair but rather a nicely designed piece of furniture. But when you sit down, I hope you feel the ergonomic factor. I started with a rough pencil sketch of a rocker design I liked.  Then I spent the next couple years having our guests test it for comfort.  I kept adjusting until I had the magic response, either a smile, or the highly sought after “AAHHHH, this is great!”    Comfort was my primary concern, then durability, then design/style.  The material I use makes it relatively easy to do all three at a very high level.  It’s a great material that easily contours to the shape of the human body.  I even created special forms that I use to bend the seat and back slats by hand to the specific shape required to get the most comfort.  With those custom forms, I can get the exact same shape every time.  Every chair or rocker we make will have the same comfort factor from here on out.

Maybe I’m a little over the top on the subject of quality.  But really, if you want to do something, why would you do something half-assed, as my Dad used to say.  I say, be proud of what you do and do it to the best of your ability.  I love designing and building outdoor furniture, and will always build the best quality I can.

DUX outdoor furniture started as a very fun hobby but has turned into a dream business.  My main purpose from the beginning was and still is to make furniture that is very comfortable but has a distinctive style.  My wife Karen and I created Dream Rock Silo bnb, and she is the host.  We asked hundreds of our guests to “have a seat” so I could get feedback on what I could do to improve the comfort factor.  After months of adjusting, I believe I have finally achieved it.  My goal is to use clever thoughtful design elements to enhance the end users experience.  I include unique features that are not usually found in mass marketed furniture.  Things like decorative handles on the backs to make it easier to move furniture around.  And I put wheels on the chairs and loveseats to make them easier to move as well.  I designed a “rocker rail” for the bottoms of the rocking chairs for a smoother rock but it can be easily replaced if it ever gets damaged.  So you will always have that same smooth rock that you bought it for.  Of course, I added duck feet for fun.  But even they have a purpose.  Being wider, they keep the legs from sinking into the ground when you sit on a chair or bench. Then I added a “comfort strip” to the front edge of the seats of chairs and rockers.  This keeps the back of your legs comfortable.  Have you ever sat in a chair only to have the backs of your legs “pinched” or scratched by the sharp edges of the seat slats.  This eliminates that problem and makes your relaxing time truly relaxing!

Future…

I continue to create new designs because of how people have responded to our furniture.  Furniture making is probably where I was headed all along, but just didn’t know it.  And while it took a while to get here, I feel very fortunate to have arrived.  Many never do.  I believe much of that is due to my amazing wife.  I would probably never be able to tell this story without her continuous love and support.  Since she is a designer too, we have worked as a team on virtually everything including DUX.  She has encouraged me and contributed to my crazy ideas all these years.  I love creating with her and we will continue to work together to create unique and fun unusual projects. Living together in the southwestern corner of Virginia in the mountains, we are living a dream while I pursue my passion.

Production Facility

The design and building of DUX outdoor furniture occurs just outside the little town of Independence, VA. It’s a beautiful place to live and work. It’s located in the southwestern corner of Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains. It’s the outdoors at their best. We have the New River, Grayson Highlands Park, the Appalachian trail and much more. It’s a wonderful rural setting with pastures, hay fields, old barns and old growth forests. But the best part is the people! Many families have been here for generations. We have only lived here for about 15 years, but consider it our home. It’s what my wife and I have always been looking for. This is the environment in which DUX was born. It’s the perfect place to spend time outside. I love the outdoors but I also love spending time designing new pieces of furniture in my shop. I use a CNC for milling all parts of the furniture. The great thing about that is that it allows me the freedom to design the way I want to design. Then, once the design is perfect, I can duplicate it exactly every time. I can add my own personal touches that the big manufacturers can’t, or won’t, like built-in cup holders or wheels on the backs of chairs to make them easier to move around. I also make my own custom-made templates and tools that I designed specifically for making this furniture. Between the CNC and these custom tools, it allows me to make every chair or rocker the same each time. So the comfort that I spent years building into each chair and rocker is consistent one to the next. Try one and I think you will find what others have, that you will also…

Be More Comfortable Outdoors with DUX.

Employment Opportunities

We’re always looking for young energetic somewhat experienced individuals who want to work in the outdoor furniture industry.  We will need CNC operators as well as assembly, shipping and office personnel.  We also welcome interns who are pursuing this career path and want some “hands on” experience in a small start up company.  Please send your resume to bill@DUXoutdoors.com.

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