The shape of the front leg follows the grain in the Ash tree. When the leading shoot of the young tree is eaten by a deer a side shoot takes over and creates this pattern. If you split the tree in half 25 years later and season it for a year you get a right leg and a left leg. There are 9 grown bends in this design, and 25 steam bent parts.
All Dan Hussey chairs are signed underneath.
I will be at Blackthorpe barn this weekend. It’s just off the A14 east of Bury St Edmunds. All British crafts. www.blackthorpebarn.com
64 Thoroughfare Woodbridge
11th – 17th October 10am – 5pm
Here is a Dan Hussey chair that went to France 20 years ago, an early version of the No1 chair in Ash. It has moved house 3 times and is used everyday.
Ash wood has a big difference between the spring and summer growth producing grainy patterns. On this Armchair the light grey stain finish helps to show the attractive patterns. Ash is a very hard wearing unfussy material.
Some lovely Sweet Chestnut in this Armchair just finished £575
Looking forward to showing my chairs at the Westleton Wild Flower Festival Sunday 29th July 2018
It’s the Weird and Wonderful Wood Fair this weekend 19th & 20th May weird and wonderful wood fair . I will be there with 4 chair designs including the new stacking chair,
I have been thinking about this chair design for 25 years so it is good to finally make one that I am happy with. The only problem is that it is designed as a stacking chair, and only one exists so far. In theory it is a stacking chair. It is made from Ash, and has a slightly springy seat. The legs are hollow so it is lighter than it looks.
Ash bark has some very distinctive lichens especially where it is not in shady woodland. This Ash is very fast grown, producing dense timber with high strength, but also greater shrinkage when drying. It was planted 20 years ago near Debenham.