Wednesday, 23 April 2008

The finished thing at last and the sun sort of came out just for the pics.As hoped the contrast of colours and beauty of the grain burst out after its first oiling.I am totally happy with the finished article and learnt a couple more better ways of doing things during its creation. The timber for the back ,the seat and the arms are Oak from my friends sawmill, that had been knocking around for years.Thelegs are again Oak but reclaimed from an old devon barn and so much older. I'm glad this chair has followed the trend of been more comfortable than the last.As I've said before a natural progression is almost unavoidable and though I thought I had sussed the armchair thing with my last one (the goose chair) this one is slightly more reclined and just seems to fit better (me at least).
Originally I just carved the hares into the Oak of the Chair back but after a chisel slip and a decapitated hare I needed to rethink.I found a small board of Apple I was given already seasoned about 7 years ago about an inch thick,carved the design in that cut it out and set it in an inch deep into the backboard.It was a very snug fit and I was relieved to tap it right back in with no disasters.I left the background chisel marks going with the flow.
The wrap around style of the arms is a new idea and hopefully will occur again in future pieces. As with the yew rocker there is a nice balance of patternation in this piece
Like all my recent pieces I wish already that I could keep it, but i can't so it is for sale.E mail for details of this or any of other stuff.
It has turned out a beautiful afternoon and it feels a bit naughty been on here at this time of day.Ithink I will take the kids out after tea and photo some flowers and other early summer things.All going well I will stick them on later.


Becky said...

Man...the perfect chair for a hump top thrower. It's lovely, Paul. Look forward to seeing any flora/fauna shots you might have snapped.

doug fitch said...

Hey, well done on getting the chair finished, I look forward to seeing it in the flesh/grain later, it looks beautiful

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Its in the memory of birds this age
The post on which to perch to proclaim mornings glory
the spots of the past where the pickings are richest
the ancestors favourites ,the old places

Its in the roots of the trees this age
As they suck in the leaves as they fall
with some knowledge returning to earth to roots
to nature,to nurture, to be reborn

its in the stones the oldness
the mothers bones exposed less
where moss and lichens creeping hand paints steadily
and the birdsong is distant like fading memories

About Me

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deepest, devon, United Kingdom
I don't know what I am but i know what i like.poetry, art and chipping at or joining together chunks of old wood,whilst listening to some good roots reggae or dub, world/folk music or blues all balanced by some good old punk rock.

solid oak post 3.5 feet high

rescued from collapsed original part of house in the dombseday book

I started with the natural bursts as eyes and soon got two faces

East,West Forwards and Back the green man is everywhere

The darker colours are the oxidisation of the exposed bits of outer timber over the many years

this piece took two months to carve.An allowance i made to myself for the first 2 months of this year.

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