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A tale of two chairs

comments (1) September 12th, 2011 in Reader's Gallery

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This is a story of how one design leads to another, and then another. It started with a cylinder cut in half and with the addition of a seat and the back, I sprayed it black to make sure I liked it. Then it was upholstered in that lovely golden suede and I thought that was it - job done, until one day I decided to make it a little more exotic. More birch ply, more glue, mix it all together in the vacuum bag and leave over night. To cut to the chase, I veneered it with white ripple sycamore and ebony, and then thought about reversing the colors. More veneer bought, more ply ( I think you get the picture) and here we have two more chairs. The upholstery was the same suede which in hindsight was a mistake, so I changed it for black and cream and the pair sold in a trice before I could get another shot, so you'll just have to use your imagination. And no - the little black and white blocks aren't painted on, they're indivually hand cut ebony and sycamore blocks painstakingly glued on and then shaped and sanded. French polished.

Design or Plan used: My own design - Nicholas Chandler

posted in: Reader's Gallery, chair, modern, carving, turning, veneer, shellac, plywood, steel, bent lamination, ebony, upholstery

Comments (1)

noisewreck noisewreck writes: These chairs are absolutely beautiful! Very inspiring.

Question, due to the shape and bent lamination I'd assume there would be some springiness to it right?
Posted: 5:32 pm on January 31st

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