|Project by NíccoloJosé||posted 09-05-2012 02:41 PM||7638 views||21 times favorited||29 comments|
I previously talked about building a chair for my dad. He’s the reason I got into woodworking. It was his hobby while I was growing up. But over time he became too busy, he became allergic to dust, he tore his ALC so he can’t stand too long, and he’s major pain and complain is his slipped disc or “spinal disc herniation”.
The problem is between his fifth & sixth (C5/6) cervical vertebrae where they are squeezing or sandwiching nerves. For the pass few years, my dad sleeps with his neck resting on a wooden log to push the C5 and C6 to relieve the pain. Sometimes, thats the only way he can sleep… that or drink alcohol to fall asleep.
So after learning how to do wood bending, wood carving and studying human anatomy over the last 7 years, I combined what I learned to built a chair thats custom fit for my dad.
This is actually the second version already, I made a first one with no armrest, it was hard to get up from and my dad said it was too small for him and it didn’t his the C5 section that I intended… (That first chair was bought by a small lady that fit her like a glove).
Anyway, the angle or the back rest is below 35 degree to apply just the right about of pressure on the neck. The armrest is contour from the shoulders to the forearm. I used the neck brace of my dad as a guide for carving out the solid mahogany for his neck. I did 2 kinds of bent lamination (1) a C-shaped for the sides and (2) S-shape for the lumbar support. I connected the 4 bent lamination with solid pieces of wood and left gaps for the body to breathe an have circulation. The solid mahogany and the sculpted butt catcher made of molave locked all the pieces in. I hand carved a lot of the pieces and no metal fasteners were used.
The main pieces of wood that I used are Mahogany, Kamagong, Molave, Narig and Tiger Molave… all repurposed wood 80-150yrs old. The chair felt so good, I fell asleep on it while making it.
The design is based on the cervical vertebrae similar to this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ACDF_coronal_english.png
My dad loved the chair… But not as much as my mom… And my brother (business part), well he SOLD the chair (for a good price) to an guy in his 70’s who also has neck problems. My dad said he wants a BETTER one with a matching foot rest. Even with constant pain on his neck, he still manages to smiles.
Yup, thats my family… they know I can do better even when most of the time, I have doubts.
Thanks for reading guys..
-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist, www.niccolojose.com