|Project by schroeder||posted 01-23-2008 04:18 AM||4797 views||11 times favorited||25 comments|
WE built this chair on commission for a friend. He had cut a Black Walnut tree down from his family’s homestead in 1982 and milled the whole thing with a chain saw. The wood has been sitting in his shop for some 25 odd years. He had me build a Morris Chair & ottoman for his dad. I used through mortise & tenon throughout and for the first time on the back rails as well, I thought it added a “craftsman” feel to the design (this is the chair I used for my Sketchup design). The upholstery is fine grain “not leather”. This is the 13th chair the upholstery shop has done for me and he is getting pretty good at it. The small pillow was his idea and I think it really makes the chair complete. I finished with 3 coats sealer, 4 coats of poly and am going to try a “French polish” using wax that I read about in FWW.
Anyhow, I hope his dad likes it; Cronk & I spent a lot of time (~170 hours) milling the “chain-sawed” boards” and book-matching grain to make sure it was something special. It has a great deal of his family’s history in it and is one of the better chairs ever produced from our shop.
-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe