|Project by jdh122||posted 06-09-2016 10:56 PM||695 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
My sister saw this chair in a fancy boutique and asked me if I could copy it. It’s a design from the 1950s that a Canadian company has recently brought back into production. I found some pictures online and decided to give it a try. She wanted two of them, and given that it was a lot of machine work where a lot of the time was in the setup, I decided to make one for myself too. The box for the seat is box joints, the arms and legs are just held on with carriage bolts. The spring for the back is a bent lamination. This was my first time doing that, it worked quite well. I used liquid hide glue since I was worried about yellow glue creeping (some folks say it doesn’t, but I didn’t want to take the chance). The backrest is carved by hand, the same way I hollow out a bowl (adze, spokeshaves, gouges, scrub plane for the convex side). My sister wove the seats.
It turned out quite well. Took a couple tries to get the proportions right – I actually had to do the seat boxes twice, since the first try was too narrow and too long. It’s relatively comfortable, and the back has a nice spring to it. The arms are maybe a bit high.
It’s made from yellow birch – the back piece is red birch (heartwood of yellow birch).
-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests