western mountain windsor
- I designed this chair on a napkin while trying to capture the Montana mountains and way of life. Like a twisted ranch fence or a horse. The process took atleast eight months from conception to finish. it included drawings, scale models, full scale mock ups, and countless failures on many levels.
Inspiration for these chairs was drawn from many sources. Including a horse, a rose and a fence. The crest rail consists of three parts. The steam bent U, and shaped arm rests which are finger jointed into the bend. Much trial and error was utilized to achieve this.
western mountain windsor. The upholstery is bison hide woven into the backrest with sinew. It has been left raw on the backside. The rungs are Ash, turned freehanded on my 36" lathe.
The saddle is Cherry finished with a washcoat of fresh Shellac, several coats of oil, and a top coat of local beeswax. The edge detail is the product of thinking of a rose as I sculpted it. The twisted wrought iron stretchers were crafted by local blacksmith Darin Wicks.
The feet caps are also iron and follow the taper of the turned legs. countersunk into the ends of them is a small hard plastic insert to bridge the gap between the iron and the floor.
The erganomics of this chair was largely inspired by author and professor Galen Cranz, with whom I've had the pleasure of calling an associate. Focus was placed mostly on supporting the lumbar and correcting the posture as one sits.