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.
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.