I was working for someone who purchased two chairs similar to this one from an Amish store. I loved the idea of the fact that it folded up and I liked the shape of the ribs. But when I sat in it I was a bit disapointed that it wasn’t very comfortable. The seat was straight, the back was straight, and there were no arms on it. So I took it upon myself to re-design it a little bit by adding the contour to the seat, the lumbar support to the back, and give the poor thing some arms. Very comfortable now, for a wooden chair :) The chair is made from a 2”x10”x14’ floor joist that we pulled out of a barn. The floor joist was covered with white wash, and is about 80 years old. Not exactly sure what species of wood it is. One person told me it was redwood, another told me it was cedar. Doesn’t smell anything like cedar to me. It is finished with F&P exterior natural wood oil.