|Project by NíccoloJosé||posted 04-18-2011 03:03 AM||3458 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
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.
-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist, www.niccolojose.com