|Project by Woodbridge||posted 05-25-2013 11:44 PM||2541 views||3 times favorited||17 comments|
For some time now I have wanted to try and create a snake chair. Don’t ask me why, its just something I wanted to try to do. Some time ago I tried my hand at carving a snake in preparation for eventually building this snake chair.
The chair is made from walnut. The 56 inch high back features a cobra up the middle, flanked by two rattle snakes. They form the back and the back leg(s) and are joined to the seat with a Maloof style joint. Each was carved separately and then the three pieces were attached and joined to the seat.
A coiled snake rises up each front (legs) morphing into two looping snakes that from the front apron and a coiled snake on each side (that form the side apron).
The chair is really meant as a decorative piece. The back slopes at about 3 degrees and the cobras is set back and high enough so as not to poke you in the back of the head. Similarly the rattlesnakes curve and slope back so they don’t poke you. However since the back is quite narrow it is not comfortable for long term sitting.
The seat is hand shaped out of two inch thick walnut. Whether you have a small curvy Asp or a large plump Asp you will find the seat quite comfortable, but remember to hold on to your Asp in case it gets away and bites you. (Aren’t you lucky the chair is not made from Ash, other wise you would have had to suffer through a few more conry puns.)
The chair is finished with a few coats of Danish oil and a couple of coats of Tung oil.
I have another design for a snake themed chair on the drawing board, but I have not quite resolved some of the details so it will have to wait until later this year.
So until that is worked out I’m switching back to recreating some more Charles Rohlfs furniture. My goal is to recreate a whole Arts and Crafts room of Rohlfs Furniture similar to the period picture of his 1900’s Buffalo New York home.
-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario