Torii Stool with 80yr old Spalted Wood

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Project by NicoJose posted 04-18-2011 03:03 AM 3261 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Torri Stool (February 1-6, 2011)
Dimensions: 16’’ x 22’’ x 30
Net weight: 30lbs
Materials: Repurposed Tangili, Molave, Yakal and Narra for the seat and Tamarind for the legs.

Most of the stuff I’ve been making are huge so i decided to make something smaller. This is my Torii stool. The word “Torii” is a traditional Japanese gate that marks the entrance of a sacred place. I was so fascinated with the shape that I wanted to make something similar.

However, I wanted to put emphasis on the legs. Similar to my “Day Dreaming Bed”, I used spalted Tamarind from a tree my grandfather planted. The story behind it is that when my dad sold my grandfather’s house, the buyers wanted to chop the 75yr old dead Tamarind to extend the garage. My dad chopped it instead for free and he took home everything including the roots.

It took more than 5 years for my dad to experiment and spalt the wood. It is a very tedious process which I’m now learning and experimenting on different kinds wood. It’s going to take a while to see the end results but at least I have my dad’s secret ingredients and set-up for a controlled environment.

This stool is displayed by the baby grand piano of our house, where my dad can see the wood my grandfather planted every time he plays the piano.

-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 03:17 AM



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#2 posted 04-18-2011 04:02 AM

@Keifer: I can’t share all the ingredients since its my dad’s pride and joy… Besides the chemical compound, to speed up the process, you have to take into account air and ground temperature, ratio of the size of wood over time, age and type of the wood, etc.

BUT here’s one very very important ingredient to get the best results. . . . . . BEER!

-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist

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#3 posted 04-18-2011 04:06 AM

I never can adequately express how pleasing your work is!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 04:22 AM

Coolsville fantastic stool.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 04-18-2011 05:11 AM

Love the stool design only one comment when I use spalted wood I always use a dark wood to accentuate the black spalting . One tip I use to spalte wood is yogurt . Like nico Jose’s dad ingriedent is beer , yogurt and beer are cultures combined with heat in a plastic tub works well .

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#6 posted 04-18-2011 01:28 PM

Love it!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#7 posted 04-18-2011 03:07 PM

Very elegant indeed, I love the contrast of the timbers.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#8 posted 04-18-2011 04:57 PM

Beautiful! Looks like the Torii near my house.

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#9 posted 04-19-2011 07:04 AM

ya man. too cool

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#10 posted 04-25-2011 07:01 AM

Beautiful use of some extraordinary wood.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 04-28-2011 03:46 PM

Beer and yogurt, huh? I have been spalting some maple for 9 months now, the smaller pieces are coloring well, but the larger ones are not going as well. I shall try some beer next. Thanks for this. ~ e

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#12 posted 11-04-2012 02:14 AM

Beautiful stool! I may have to try one myself, now that you’ve got me inspired!

-- Dean

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