|Project by DonSol||posted 03-13-2016 12:33 AM||981 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I was looking for some pictures to show my grandson and came across these.
The two chairs are in the Sam Maloof style of chairs using the same joinery that he developed and used on his chairs. Instead of having a separate table I made one that attaches to the underside of the two chairs. I used 3/4” flat steel and bent them to make a strap to hold the cross pieces under the seats. It is made with spalted hard maple and ebony plugs in the screw holes.
I was trying to come up with a design for an inlay to put in the table. My keys, pencil and sticky note pad was laying on the workbench. A light bulb went on and I thought “that’s it”. We were going to have an omelet for dinner and that was my list when I went to the grocery. The lettering on the pad is thin slivers of veneer.
I donated this piece to the Art Center for their CHAIRish the Arts benefit auction about ten years ago. They had open house the day before the auction so people could see the items up for bidding. Someone would stand by the chair and wait for new people to come in. Then they would start talking to them, after a few minutes they would ask the person to hand them the pencil and pad laying on the table. They said everyone they asked tried to pick it up. The set is in a huge log cabin in southern Indiana now.
-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle