How big was the Ponderosa?

Mighty big.

It was 640,000 acres, a thousand-square mile, as wide as the cities of Reno, Carson and Virginia City, a ranch on the northern shore of Lake Tahoe, high in the Sierra Nevadas, home to the Cartwright family.

There was a ranch smack dab in the center. It needed a sofa big enough for Hoss Cartwright, a place for Little Joe to court lovely ladies, and Ben to wonder whatever happened to Hop Sing, was that Zorro, and why did Adam leave home? *
(Answers below)

Hidden high in the mountains and at home on the range, big enough for the Ponderosa, that’s what Traditions Home thinks of Hancock and Moore’s Buttoncraft sofa.



Adam Cartwright, aka Pernell Roberts, became a doctor on Trapper John, M.D.

Hop Sing, aka World War II veteran, actor Victor Sen Yung, continued to cook for the Cartwights for all 14 seasons of the show. Afterwards, he created his own cookbook called The Great Wok Cookbook in 1974.

Will Cartwright, aka Guy Williams, as Ben’s nephew, replaced Adam on his departure in 1964.  Guy Williams had previously played Zorro in the Walt Disney series of the same name.

P.S. did you wonder?

The show’s name Bonanza, and the title of its theme song, was inspired by the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode, a silver “bonanza” under nearby Mt. Davidson. The source of Ben Cartwright’s fortune is never fully explained in the show.

The time frame of the show is during and after the Civil War. In one episode, Little Joe courts the daughter of Judge Terry, a confederate sympathizer, hoping to become governor and influence Nevada on the question of Statehood. Ben responds with the memorable quote, “You will not bring the Civil War into my house!”

Ponderosa is a tall slender pine tree. In at least one episode, the Cartwrights get a big timber contract.

You’d look good in a Tuxedo

Chester Sofa

A classic Tuxedo style sofa with tufting, the Chester sofa by Hancock and Moore has clean lines and sharp details. Also available, loveseat and chair, fabric and leather. The Tuxedo style gets its name from Tuxedo Park, a Hudson Valley enclave for New York’s high society. Yes, where the Tuxedo suit originated.

The style is considered to be a precursor of modernism in the 1920s.


You’d look good in a Tuxedo

Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, and Cary Grant did; even funny man Bob Hope did; George Clooney does. And Oscar Night’s Red Carpet proves that so does everyone else.

See how it looks at Traditions Home

tuxedo style suit

The View is Spectacular


The view is spectacular

Ikornnes village, where Stressless recliners are made, is located along the Sykkylven fjord, way up north on the Norwegian coast where the Aurora Borealis lights the sky. Best seen from the Fjellstua Viewpoint, the locals say.

What are the Northern Lights, you ask?

Those bright dancing green lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun’s solar wind and oxygen (and on occasion nitrogen) particles in the earth’s atmosphere.

Where to see them?

Attracted by the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres, they are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora australis’ in the south. A pale yellowish-green is the most common auroral color, found about 60 miles above the earth. Rarer, all-red auroras are produced by higher-altitude oxygen, and nitrogen produces blue or purplish-red aurora.

Best viewed from a Stressless recliner.

The stuff of dreams

It is the stuff dreams are made of… It is March Madness and the field has been thinned to a Sweet Sixteen. Along the way, there have been nail bitters when the ball bounced off the rim that decided the outcome of a game, the fate of a team.

Did you watch a heartbroken UCF come oh, so close to No.1 Duke last night?


Bracket math ain’t an exact science, but mathematicians tell us that the odds of picking a perfect NCAA tournament bracket are a mind-boggling 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (that’s 9.2 quintillion).

But picking the perfect chair is Stressless.

P.S. How is your bracket doing?


Nature resumed her loveliness

Winter seemed to last forever, the sky was gray, the earth was cold and brown, the branches of the trees were bare, the birds had gone who knows where, until one day …

Then beautiful spring came and Nature resumed her loveliness. In the forest the violets bloom blue and purple, tufts of grass are green, and Robins proudly show their red breast as they chirp and sing; thus my soul spoke to me, it’s time to go outdoors again, it’s time to plant and grow again.

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Hooray, it’s Spring!