Maple Sapele Occasional Chair

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Project by bearkatwood posted 11-15-2015 02:39 AM 1340 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out as a western big leaf maple side chair, one of 5 that I had cut up into parts years ago and stuck back in a corner waiting to get to.

This is a shot of one of the original side chairs at a show in Roseburg Oregon called “Sticks and Strands” that featured woodworks and tapestry’s and woven artworks.

I made 2 up and the others sat for about 6 years before I pulled out the parts and got back to this one. I wanted to have some fun with it so I made the soda pop back slat from sapele. I then put on some sapele socks and inlayed the dots in the backrest.

It is very comfy and sculpted. Some behind the scenes pics before the chair was altered and the shop had the cabinets.

Thanks, enjoy.

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 11-15-2015 02:43 AM

Way cool chair design.I’m jealous…

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#2 posted 11-15-2015 02:44 AM

Very beautiful work. love the wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-15-2015 05:43 AM

Absolutely love the way you introduced the darker wood! Very, very nice design work!

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#4 posted 11-15-2015 08:45 AM

WOW! Beautifully crafted. Wood selection and finish are absolutely fantastic. I wouldn’t have a place for it in my home, but I’m quite sure it’s comfortable with the bottom and arm rests sculptured as they are. Someone’s really gonna benefit from owning it.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#5 posted 11-15-2015 01:58 PM

What a great chair, you should be so proud of it. Simply awesome!

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#6 posted 11-15-2015 02:31 PM

Brian, this turned out nicely and it’s a great design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 11-15-2015 03:44 PM

Beautiful sculpting, Brian!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 11-16-2015 01:13 AM

All your chairs are beautiful but I really like the mods to this one. The Maloof joinery is extra special as is the choice of woods. Keep em coming.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 11-17-2015 06:20 PM

Wow that is beautiful, great work….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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