These are some grown Ash bends split along the grain and tidied up on the saw. They will take about 6 months to dry. To be made into a new chair design.
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
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 stool under construction has round wedged tenons on the top.
15 inches diameter, height 18 inches
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.
Customers at the Station Café in Campsea Ashe can use this chair for a few days, thank you. The coffee is excellent and they even have a chess set and snacks.
These 4 chairs are going to the South of France next week by parcel delivery 8 kg each.
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.