From the seat in all directions!

So, here is the start of the carving & framing of a new Nimm kei chair. Firstly, carving the basic saddle seat hollowing from the seat blank. In this instance I have used an 'arbortech' You can see this tool lying to the right side of the bench in the 1st couple of images. It is a rotary cutter attachment that fits to a standard angle grinder. I do from time to time still advocate the use of an 'adze' for seat hollowing. This is rather like a cross between a heavy gouge and an axe. In this instance I reach for the arbortech as there is much hollowing to be done, not only on the top side, the underside leading edges & scoops, plus other seat blanks to hollow.

The 2nd image above also shows the steam bent components used in arm rest & arm posts.

Next the arm posts junctions into the seat are created. After this the leg joints into the seat are made. The images show the 1st fitting of the arm posts & the drilling of the rear leg sockets. This is done with a 'brace & bit' - a hand operated device that allows slow, controlled & accurate - sight to 'bevel & map' drilling.

Fitting of front legs to follow, then invariably will come more styling, shape & magic form finding!

Meanwhile on the otherside of the workshop we've been busy with the concrete mixer creating the smooth cast block & disc setting for this sculptural form. Will post some images of the mould opening soon. 550 H block @ 350 sq to be placed on a flush set disc 750 dia. You can see the mock up in the images.

Lobo Loi - assembly

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The lovely plastic & bubble wrap leg warmers are to prevent glue splashes running down the pristine legs.

Next comes final fine finishing & 1st oil.

Here are also a couple of pics of the 1st oil on the upper section of 'Moon rising over Misty mountain' - another exceptional piece of walnut in the back rest & that amazing American quilted maple seat.. It gives a good idea as to how the rich deep oiled walnut will look on the seat of Lobo Loi.

This chair will be finally assembled during the early part of next week.

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Lobo Loi

New chair design in the making - 'Lobo Loi' moto_0517.jpg moto_0518.jpg moto_0519.jpg moto_0520.jpg moto_0522.jpg moto_0523.jpg moto_0524.jpg moto_0525.jpg

We are currently bringing up 2 new chairs one of which is this rather pleasing low bow back chair design from the Landscape of invention. Features a beautiful figured walnut seat. All other components in that wonderous ash. You can also see Murray in action in the 2nd from left image working on the fine finishing of the back of the Guitarist's chair - 'Moon rising over Misty Mountain'. This peice is now nearing completion with all legs cut & test fitted now awaiting final assembly.

It's a landscape! no really it is.

It may not be  totally obvious, however  this piece - the Guitarists chair, definately has a landscape within . Moon rise over misty mountain.

Actually that's probably a song title aswell.

Back rest now fitted into seat with large 'through tennon' into the big single mortice in the seat. More edge & definition work on the back rest element. Seat marked up for bridge relief cuts. Managed to get the bridge cuts done although unfortunately have not yet made an image of this. They do look really good. Incorporated some new styling on the front edge undercuts. It's subtle stuff, yet it really brings life, lightness & movement into the seat. The rear undercuts are also work extremely well blending through into the back seat edges. It's all in the landscape of invention.


And that is a Kingfisher in the background too.  More Wildlife!

Nimm Loi J

Latest Nimm Loi chair commission was picked up from the workshop at the end of March. moto_0217.jpg

Tailored to suit - this particular chair featured a low seat base & maxheight of 980 mm.

elm seat & ash.

You can just see the main vertical post from the West Hoathly Story chair in the background - more on that toward the end of the month when the whole school come to visit the workshop!

The Guitarists chair

How to be in 2 places at the same time! - Further work today at the workshop on the Guitarist chair project. This is a commissioned piece for a guitarist looking for a truly unique, bespoke chair.

After a few e mail chats & receiving some images of his most amazing guitars I developed an overall scheme for the design. The seat is the heart of the piece and so the mission became to source something extra special for the seat that would reflect the beauty of his guitar collection - many featuring book matched figured maple backs.

The set up for this piece will be a fairly prone position. The client visited the workshop to view the selected seat wood and we discussed in detail how he sits while playing the guitar - and how this effects the set up of the back rest in relation to the width, height & depth of seat.

My initial concern was that perhaps the booked matched seating board formed from a most spectacualr block of wide 'killer flame' American qulited maple may have been to wide. However at the chair fitting the client assured that he wanted to see the most of the seat (the wood is truly spectacular) and that he infact played with one knee slightly raised by placing one foot on the other.

Exceptional figured woods for what will become an exceptional chair. The back is carved walnut while the legs will be steam bent-curved walnut. I am particularly please at the current time with the seating profile and the developing relationship to the profiles of the backrest.


The pdf drawing illustrates the basic premise of the design.