For my final project of the year, I wanted to design and build a Scandinavian-inspired lounge chair. However, given that there are less than seven weeks remaining, that is an overly ambitious goal. Instead, I will make a pair of Børge Mogensen's classic Søborg Chair. This chair, designed in 1950, is still being made in Denmark by Fredericia Furniture A/S.
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. In more practiced hands than mine, it likely is tameable. However, it constantly reminded me of how much more skilled I still hope to become.
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 first inclinations.
I named it "Throughsie" as there are many projecting, protruding, and intersecting elements.
With a head down at a workbench, monastically focusing on my own development, I cannot forget that there are issues much more important than craftsmanship, woodworking, or exhibitions. They are truth, equity, friends, community. Today my head is up, with so many others.
It may be a bit early to start making drawer pulls for this project but I think pulls, knobs, and other hardware should be considered as much as any other element. Remember Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus theory of "total design"? Every component should be functional and intentionally designed to be supportive of the entire constructed piece.
Finished in time for Christmas, I will give these to my sister's kids (aged 2, 3, and 4) but then have to borrow them back for the upcoming Mid-Winter Show. How does one explain a furniture exhibition to a pre-schooler?
With the stools pretty well wrapped up, it seems like a good time to work on something with right angles, dovetails, drawers, and doors.
I am already thinking about what to build next. Perhaps a pair of bedside tables with an open cubby, a drawer, and negative space defined by the two carcasses.
David presented images and stories of Jim Krenov's work. He then treated us to a surprise: an actual Krenov cabinet on a stand. It was really amazing to see it, feel it, and interact with it in person.