|Project by NíccoloJosé||posted 11-15-2011 07:09 AM||2825 views||7 times favorited||11 comments|
57×33 x 26 (inches)
Philippines Mahogany, Kamagong, Yellow Narra, Red Narra, Giant Ipil, Molave, Dungon (ALL REPURPOSED WOOD)
I wanted to make a chair that is untraditional and abstract. I didn’t want something that just stood straight, I wanted it to flow, to feel and to command attention from different angles. To improve my skills, I approach this project by combining woodcarving, wood bending, a good solid piece of wood, and I also wanted to make it with NO NAIL OR METAL FASTENERS.
I kept the live shape of the mahogany as the seat to give it some emphasis. I use the solid mahogany and inserted the legs from the sides and locked it with multiple dowels. To give it a royal look, I made 5 legs instead of 4, which makes viewer admire the back as much as the front. I added a foot rest and braced the 5th leg to it with an S-shape lamination of colorful wood pieces—added softness
Kamagong is like ebony wood that has a purple and black cloud-type of grain. The one I recycled was hard but had some cracks. After laminating different kinds of wood, I laminated the dark Kamagong last to add variety. I incorporate the crack as a design and carve them out to prevent future cracking—gave it a primitive look.
Carving bent-lamination of different kinds of wood is tricky. It took a while but I got the hang of after countless hours. The back fits perfectly to the shoulder blades and the spine of the person. When you sit on it, the chair hugs you, forces your body to slouch and let loose. I even added a butt-catcher on the seat for additional comfort.
I did some pyrography and signed my name underneath and dated it like a regular art pieces, then sent it to an art gallery in Manila. Overall, I am very happy with this first chair and I’m sure the new owner is too—he walks in, sat on it for a few seconds, paid in cash, carried it to his car like he was in a hurry.
-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist, www.niccolojose.com