Rohlfs Inspired Desk Chair #2

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Project by Woodbridge posted 10-31-2011 04:19 AM 2088 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second chair that I have made that is inspired by the sweeping slender back of Charles Rohlfs desk chair. My cousin was moving and downsizing from his house into a condo and was cleaning out the garage. He had some maple boards that were left over from the kitchen cabinet installation 10 years earler, which I took home. I also had a few small pieces of walnut hanging around the shop. I planed off the finsh and glued up the boards to the right thickness or cut strips for lamination. The back and side rails of the chair are made of with bent laminations. The back is made of three pieces, two maple and the centre piece wlanut. The the back is also trimmed and topped with walnut. It is finished with a chestmut stain and urethane. When my cousin and his wife moved into thier new condo I returned his wood to him.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 09:49 AM

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 03:53 PM

Very nicely done. I like the design.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 11-01-2011 01:24 AM

Nice design and execution!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 11-01-2011 08:05 PM

I think a real Rohlfs chair with a bubbly apron in mahogany was on Antiques Roadshow last night. $80k-$120k

Nice job. s

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#5 posted 11-01-2011 10:27 PM

Thanks for the comments. Steve – I saw that same Antiques Roadshow segment on U-Tube. It was that particular Rohlfs chair that I was inspired by. I’m hoping to try to reproduce a “close” replica in the new year.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 11-08-2011 08:24 PM

Lanky, modernist and elegant…I adore it. Visionary work..truly.

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#7 posted 11-08-2011 09:24 PM

Jonni, thanks for you comments on all three of my chairs. I appreciate your colourful and descriptive comments. Thanks!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 03-25-2012 11:07 PM

Wow someone who likes and builds chairs w/character!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 07-08-2012 03:30 PM

Again. Nice interpretation.

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