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"Spoon" Chair

Charles Rohlfs Inspired Desk Chair

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Woodbridge Canada04/10/2011 02:52:34
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50 ½ inches high, 15 ½ inches wide and 16 inches deep.

Rohlfs inspired desk chair #3.

This is the 3rd chair I have made inspired by the Charles Rohlfs’ 1898 desk chair. The chair is made from reused mahogany with walnut accents.

The tapered high back, curved rails and middle stretcher are also bent laminations.

The shape of the back is actually based on the handle of stainless steel spoon. I got the inspiration to use cutlery as a pattern for chair backs when searching the internet for art deco patterns and the image of a spoon came up. The shape of cutlery lends itself perfecting to the slender shape of the chair back.

The sash along the front and back of chair is made from walnut carved to match the pattern of the spoon.

The same pattern is also used on the front and side rails of the chair. The parabolic shape of the seat and the stepped design routed on the sides matchs that of Rohlfs desk chair. The rails are attached to the legs with mortise and tenon joints. The seat is attached to the back with a through mortise and walnut wedges.

Joe O 304/10/2011 14:30:43
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I really like your chair. well designed, well made. I look forward to seeing more of your quality work.
Woodbridge Canada04/10/2011 15:16:50
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Thanks Joe. I am retiring at the end of this year and I am looking forward to spending more time in my workshop.
medims06/10/2011 20:40:33
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it is gorgeous masterpiece,congratulations.
Woodbridge Canada06/10/2011 22:37:49
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Thanks. I want to make some boxes for family member's gfits this Christmas. You have a number of photos of excellent boxes, that I certainly will return to for ideas when I start these projects.
BillW06/10/2011 22:48:21
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Absolutely fantastic craftsmanship.
Enjoy your retirement, you won't be able to get in your workshop for chairs .
Derek Lane07/10/2011 18:48:26
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Great chair is it part of a set or just a one off.
Woodbridge Canada08/10/2011 03:54:53
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Hi Derek. Thanks. It is a one off but the third version of a chair style that I have built based on a desk chair originally designed abd built by Charles Rohlfs in 1898. The original chair has the same shaped slender high back. In all three chairs the backs are made using the same bending form, the middle stretcher and the seats all share the same basic shape. I have been playing around with different designs for the back and different leg styles and shapes.
Derek Lane08/10/2011 19:17:27
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All 3 look great. saves alot of time having to make a former every time you want to try a chair.

Edited By Derek Lane on 08/10/2011 19:18:05

Woodbridge Canada08/10/2011 20:05:27
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Here is a picture of the back of the middle one. It was ther first ine I built.

medims10/10/2011 00:06:05
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Ok you allways wecome

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