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Grow a chair ?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:42 pm
by Robin Fawcett
Whilst clearing out the loft lately I came across this Spanish hayfork.

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They are grown in rows in beds and trained into shape as they grow. I can see 6-7 annual rings in the end of the handle. Then they are cut down, peeled, pointed and voila. (Can't tell what species it is)

Anyway it reminded me of a book which I have

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They are available on Amazon and Abe but seem very expensive for quite a small paperback which was published in 1995 - ISBN 0-9647280-0-1

Inspired by Axel Erlandson's "Tree Circus", the author explains the process of grafting, framing, pruning and notching to produce a chair. I'm going to have a go this year - find some whips of ash, elder or sycamore - maybe even start several.
Watch this space - in a few years time !

Re: Grow a chair ?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:14 pm
by SeanHellman
I have a Daniel Mack book ` Making rustic furniture` and he has pictures of some Victoran guy who spent 11 years grafting a hazel chair. His name was John Krubsack and I must say the the finished chair was well worth the effort. How much would you charge for that, minimum wage at £6 ish per hour for 11 years!!!!!
If I had some land I would give it a go.

Re: Grow a chair ?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:40 pm
by Bob_Fleet
NIce find Robin.

If I only had time.

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That's just one of the creations from Pooktre
Amazing site.

Put this together with Jean Paul Rossi and you could grow a pole-lathe.

Is there time to grow one for the AGM?

Re: Grow a chair ?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:49 pm
by SeanHellman
I`ve got some GM willow seeds for sale, they grow at a rate of 2ft a week. So yes maybe a new competition class, home grown chairs :lol:

Re: Grow a chair ?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:17 pm
by Robin Fawcett
fleetpeople wrote:Is there time to grow one for the AGM?

I think it'll have to be a tiny bonsai chair for 3 months time Bob . . .

Re: Grow a chair ?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:50 am
by goldsmithexile
Interesting thread. I actually am in the process of training an ash tree for over a year or more. I dont want it to sing or dance or play drums, rather I am forming one of its branches into a ready made curved chair arm. I used rope. It might take 5 or 6 years but I can wait. I thought it might be an interesting way to get a peasantish rough hewn type thing with no faffing about steaming. I can do that OK but tend to burn out the steamers they dont seem to put cut outs on them like you get on a kettle. Owen's galvanised boiling tank is better for that I feel. I saw some great right angle knee bends the other day in an oak tree, but that was down to the tree being storm pruned I guess.....

Re: Grow a chair ?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:39 pm
by axel
There's a back issue of the gazette with an article on growing a three legged stool.

Re: Grow a chair ?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:28 am
by pedder63
This guy taught on the MA furniture course in Bucks college. Nice project to get growing on.

http://www.grown-furniture.co.uk/