Charles Rohlfs chair

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Project by George Coles posted 714 days ago 2040 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my interpretation of Charles Rohlfs chair. I was inspired to make this after seeing a copy by another woodworker on this site and then reading the story about the valuation of this chair. I secretly hope that in a 100 years this chair may be worth something as well. (-: It is made from Ipil with an oil finish. All tenons are through tenons. The seat can be removed by taking out the pin at the back and sliding off. I did this to make it easier to wax. There are no nails or screws used in the chair.

-- George Coles, Antipolo, Philippines

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#1 posted 713 days ago

Very nice!

-- Elwood, making sawdust in Germany,

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#2 posted 713 days ago


I really like your interpretation of this chair. It’s a very eye catching piece and nicely crafted and I’m sure you won’t have to wait a 100 years for it to be worth a lot!

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#3 posted 713 days ago

Nice looking piece … I like the carved detail.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#4 posted 713 days ago

Sleek! Magical even!

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#5 posted 713 days ago

I made a Charles Rennie MacIntosh chair many years ago because it was sooo dramatic. The next chair to make was going to be this Rolfs chair but I never got round to it. It’s wonderful to see it reproduced and to know that some people somewhere still appreciate the designs of a this increasingly obscure designer. MacIntosh was ignored and forgotten until the 60’s when he was rediscovered and repopularized so maybe a similar reawakening awaits Rolfs in the future. You’ve done a wonderful job. The only pictures that I’ve seen of this chair are straight on. It’s nice to see other views of the chair and get a better sense of its construction and proportion. It’s quite an accomplishment. You should be proud.

-- Bluemax - Risk is necessary!

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#6 posted 713 days ago

great to see that someone else has the Rohlfs bug! nice chair.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#7 posted 713 days ago

Wow, very nicely done…I can’t believe two of you have re-produced this chair independently. Isn’t this website great for bringing like minded folks together. Congratulations to you both for your creations.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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George Coles

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#8 posted 713 days ago

Hi Woodbridge. It was your chair that made me look into Charles. Had never heard of him before that. Thanks for that and hope you keep on inspiring me to do more. Also thanks to all for your great comments. Keep on chipping away.

-- George Coles, Antipolo, Philippines

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#9 posted 713 days ago

great job there George. we could only be hopeful in a 100 years that this chair will be…

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#10 posted 711 days ago


Masterfully done. How many hours in the piece? What wood did you choose?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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George Coles

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#11 posted 711 days ago

Hi Doc. The wood used was recycled Ipil. This is a timber local to the Philippines. It is very similar to Jarrah in both colour and hardness. In hardness it is not as hard as American Oak. As it was my first effort, it took a bit long to make. About forty hours in total including the oiling and waxing.

-- George Coles, Antipolo, Philippines

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#12 posted 711 days ago

THX :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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