Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Rest of the Chair

As I was walking out of my shop recently, I saw this drawing pinned to the wall. I must have made it a couple of months ago when I started really thinking about bending the stiles and designing flat arms.

After finishing my latest chair, I think you can see why the drawing caught my eye!

I guess that there really is such a thing as "the minds eye". I have been chasing the gesture of this chair for quite a while and every time that I sat down to sketch it, the same drawing came out. I feel like I finally got it out of my system.

Here are a few other views.

The paint job is pretty simple. First I painted the chair mustard, thin enough to be quite translucent. Followed by 2 thin coats of Marigold Yellow mixed 3:1 with Tavern Green.

As you can see in the detail below, I painted all of the "incised" parts with straight Marigold.

One of the nicest aspects of this finish is that you can still see the grain beneath the paint, not just the texture but the surface. The warmth of the undercoat and the wood is very inviting.

I'll be showing more about my workbench soon.


Anonymous said...


I have never seen a Windsor like that ... amazing. I love it!

Great Job,

-Chris in Colorado

Anonymous said...

Great design and execution, Peter. It looks as if it is ready to dance across the room. Bob Glenn