Saturday 25 May 2013

Love at First Sight

When a client asked me to reproduce a Danish rosewood dining chair she bought decades ago in England, I was delighted.  This classic chair had me in its grips from the moment I first laid eyes on it.
The original chair with the walnut slab used to make the new chairs 

Although the chair is seductive simplicity in its purest form, the joints for the chair were anything but simple to make.  Even the smallest error while cutting the curved components produced a sloppy looking joint.
The stretcher to leg joint was surprisingly difficult to cut

But the chairs were well worth the effort.  Beyond their beauty, the chairs are some of the most comfortable dining chairs I have ever sat in.
The completed chair

I always built a spare chair (the understudy, if you like) when making chairs.  This chair now sits in our dining room.  When I walk through the house late at night the chair still catches my gaze and stops me in my tracks.  I'll never tire of looking at it.
Chair detail