I have been making some progress on my reproduction of Charles Rohlfs Tall Back Chair and have started carving the various parts. Along with the Tall Back Chair I have also been working on another reproduction of Rohlfs 1898 Desk Chair. I have posted my first Desk Chair reproduction.
After seeing the original on my recent trip to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art I wanted to build a second version more closely resembling the original. I had not planned to start this chair so soon , but a few weeks ago my cousin came by with a great piece of old mahogany baseboard. With some judicious cutting and glue-ups I was able to get just enough mahogany out of the board to make another Rohlfs desk chair.
To make construction simpler I built a template for the back, a second to route out the inside, and a template for the carving.
As I have mentioned before I am trying to discipline myself to be more patient with my work and uncharacteristically spent a whole day sharpening and honing my chisels and carving tools. I started my carving on the Desk Chair since this was my second time carving the back and front seat pieces and thought it would be easier and a way to get up to speed.
As you may know this carving is supposed to represent the microscopic structure of oak.
I did enjoy a change of scenery and spent some time enjoying the weather at Wasaga Beach Ontario. It was nice to spend a day or two outside working on the craving rather than in my basement workshop at home.
I still have some work to go on the tall back chair but did manage to get the sides carved and the bottom stretcher carved.
It has taken me longer than I thought to get this far. I spent a whole day carving the bottom stretcher.
Today back from the beach I went to purchase a sanding mop. I really did help to clean up the carving.
Well in the next few days I will work on putting the Rohlfs Desk Chair together and start finishing it and will make a start on carving the back of the Tall Back Chair.
-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario