These low, coopered stools (made from black oak, ash, and elm) are my own design but based on a German peasant’s kitchen stool from the Biedermeier period, a form and object ironically at odds with the fantasy style and elegance of the time. My sister’s children - aged 2, 3, and 4 years old - are the recipients of this first-semseter project.
This wall cabinet is a literal and figurative expression of a student's audaciousness to attempt new things. My desire to push the limits of my skills as a woodworker is mirrored here by the the protruding features, reaching beyond the safety of the central enclosure.
The brown oak, as rich and visually compelling as it is, is a brittle and unforgiving wood to work with. The protruding half-blind dovetails do not offer the safety net of grain consolidation during final planing. Even the composition of the piece, asymmetric and unconventional, challenged me to create a form that moved beyond my predilections and first inclinations.
I named it "Throughsie" as there are many projecting, protruding, and intersecting elements.
Made of brown oak and American chestnut with Macassar ebony pulls, stops, and shelf consoles and finished with shellac.
Designed in 1950 by Børge Mogensen, with cross-bonded, vacuum-formed, plywood seat and back.
With six weeks remaining before the Spring exhibition at the Highlight Gallery, I decided to build a pair of these chairs as my third and final project of the school year. Starting with an existing design saved considerable development time. However, the chairs provided the opportunity to study this classic design, solve some interesting assembly problems, and create vacuum-formed plywood pieces - something I had done while building skis but never with furniture.
Made of quarter sawn white oak with wedged through tenons, blind floating tenons, and doweled joints. Finished with Liberon Finishing Oil.