made from White Ash, completed with soap finish.
This chair was originally inspired by the great Sam Maloof. I was very drawn to the way in which he attached his seats to his legs. This kind of joinery is very strong and it allows the legs to be free of stretchers giving it a very clean profile and aesthetic. The tapered seat is made from ash veneer pressed using a vacuum bag and an open faced form. The seat is a mirror image of itself and therefore requires two pressings of the same form to complete it. I attached blocks in all four corners of the seat, where the two veneers meet, to allow for enough meat for the legs to join to the seat. The back rest utilizes the same form as the seat maintaining a consistency of shape and lines throughout. I wanted to keep the legs as simple as possible and employ as many straight lines as I could. I used a pure soap finish on this chair. It is simply pure soap flakes and hot water mixed together. I did 5 coats with sanding in between and a final buff with a very fine abrasive pad.