Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 30

Thread: A carved, ebonized, and gilded, wing back chair. (Pix)

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Acton, California
    Posts
    177

    A carved, ebonized, and gilded, wing back chair. (Pix)

    First I want to thank everyone who visited and responded to my last project post;

    A small table that took a whole lot of work. (Pix)


    and, as always, I welcome your comments AND critiques on this latest project.

    This is a hand carved, ebonized, faintly gilded, and upholstered, wing back chair. It is upholstered in black leather and faux deer hide, over 18 hand tied springs. It has come to be known as “Bambi”.

    This custom designed and fit chair is for a very petite lady who has always had problems with chairs fitting her. It is a “modified” wing back chair that is actually designed to be more of an office chair that will be used at a desk, rather than the normal read a book type of wing back chair.









    This is the chair that I carved the Ball and Claw feet for;



    You can see the entire thread on carving these feet here;

    A unique style of Ball and Claw feet for a chair. PIX



    The construction actually started with a full size prototype that was designed from a client fitting in a dining room chair and then we adjusted downward in size to fit her frame.



    After we felt we had the correct size, I used the prototype to make the templates, and cut all the walnut parts. Before I started shaping and leg sculpting, I cut all the mortise and tenons in the leg blanks and aprons.



    Next the leg blanks were cut on the band saw.



    Only the front legs have B&C feet so the back legs were easy, but I cut one extra blank for the front in case something went wrong I would have an extra blank.
    Last edited by John Fry; 07-12-2007 at 12:37 AM.
    John

    Chisel And Bit
    Custom Crafted Furniture


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Acton, California
    Posts
    177


    Before carving the B&C feet, I sculpted the upper legs. Notice the “extra meat” I left on the knee section for the carving elements that will be added here later.



    The client’s husband is a very talented draftsman and they designed all the carving elements and submitted them to me in full scale drawings.



    This made it easy to transfer the layout to the aprons.



    Next I cut all the lower profiles on the rails and checked the dry fit.



    I finished all the rest of the parts, cut and fit the arm rests, the wings, and cut all the mortise and tenons. Here is the final dry fit including all the upholsterer’s bars.



    I cut all the fabric rabbets around the seat rails, and then made a simple platform to allow me to transfer the rabbets to the upper legs.



    The arm riser and arm both curved on two planes and then the carving elements were transferred using carbon paper.



    This is actually when I stopped and carved the Ball and Claw feet. Then I cut the outlines for the edge beading and outlined the carving elements using a Dremel and a Stewart Mac mini-base.



    After a couple practice runs on each of the elements, I began to carve.



    Here all four rails are completed except the end zones, where they will be blended into the legs after glue up.
    John

    Chisel And Bit
    Custom Crafted Furniture


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Acton, California
    Posts
    177


    Here you can see the B&C feet are completed, and the knees are done as well.



    The arms and risers are done and the recess for the arm pads are routed.




    I made a carrier jig to pass the curved sections of the legs over the stacked dado on the table saw. These dadoes will be where the stretchers attach to the legs.



    Now the glue up has begun. I used West System’s Epoxy and this picture actually shows the third phase of glue up.



    After both the sides were glued, I glued all the cross members and attached the two sides together.



    The corner blocks were glued screwed and bolted, and the upholsterer’s bars were all glued in.



    I made a two piece template to draw up and lay out the curved stretchers. A “keystone” like center board will lock the two halves in position.



    Once the curves were laid out, I band sawed the template to make the bending form.



    Using that template, I made the bending form and lined it with cork.
    John

    Chisel And Bit
    Custom Crafted Furniture


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Acton, California
    Posts
    177


    I resawed and glued up the bent laminates and glued them up in the form using Unibond 800. I made the one piece thick enough to split it into two stretchers.



    After splitting and cutting to length, I dowelled the ends and then used a LN #66 beading tool to create the desired edge treatments on the stretchers.



    The stretchers are glued in place and the center block is the “wedge” that ties it all together. The curved blocks were fit around the block and glued to hold the stretcher rosette.



    I cut the oval to create the stretcher rosette and rout the recess that it will get inlaid into.



    Using the template, I routed the outside shape of the rosette and then carved it in the vise. I used the band saw to “re-saw” the actual rosette out of the carving block.



    Using the same the template, I routed the recess to inlay the rosette into the center of the stretchers.



    I used Behlen’s SolarLux Jet Black dye to ebonize.



    I used Sepp’s Mica antique gold for the gilding. A water based size allowed me to brush back to the very faint accent we were looking for.



    The Chisel and Bit medallion was inlaid under the rosette.
    John

    Chisel And Bit
    Custom Crafted Furniture


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Acton, California
    Posts
    177


    Here is the frame ready to go to the upholsterer.



    I stopped by Mr. Lanzetti’s shop for a picture of the spring work before he covered it in fabric. Both the seat and back have nine hand tied springs. This is a first class upholstery job.



    Here are some close-ups of the finished chair and gilded carvings.



    The knee carving.



    The arm, riser and knuckles.

    The clients are extremely happy, she said the chair is very comfortable, and she says she has never really had a chair that fits.

    This has probably been the most extensive detailed work I have ever done. It has probably been the most challenging piece I’ve ever done, because I keep telling clients “Oh, no problem, I can do that!” and then I spend weeks wondering how the hell I’m going to do it. It has probably been the most educational piece I’ve ever made, because I have never done this much carving in relief.

    I know that this style and fabric will not suit everyone's taste, but I'm very proud of it!

    Thanks for looking,
    John

    Chisel And Bit
    Custom Crafted Furniture


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Fallbrook, California
    Posts
    3,509
    John, that's fantastic. No, the fabric doesn't fit my taste nore does the ebonized finish, but I can see beyond all that. What I see is some excellent craftsmanship and a lot of hard work. Congratulations on a fine job of meeting your client's desires.
    Don Bullock
    Woebgon Bassets
    AKC Championss

    The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
    -- Edward John Phelps

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    SE PA - Central Bucks County
    Posts
    37,627
    Umm...."wow"....I'm really at a loss for words, believe it or not!

    Thanks for detailing this incredible piece of craftsmanship!
    “Never raise your hands to your children, it leaves your groin unprotected.” - Red Buttons

    If you want your spouse to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say -- talk in your sleep...

    Be safety conscious. 80% of people are caused by accidents.

    Equestrian Sports. The most fun you can have with your boots still on...


  8. #8
    John,

    Stunning work. Thanks for the tutorial also. You are in a class by yourself.

    Rick
    There are two theories to arguing with a woman... neither works.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Concord, NC
    Posts
    2,160
    Great work. I'm exhausted just looking at all the pictures.

    Richard

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Simsbury, CT
    Posts
    94
    John,

    Well done!
    You must have sent a lot of time discussing the the design with the lady.
    It is an amazing chair. What does the decor look like in the office which this chair will reside in?

    Cheers,

    Phil
    "If you want things to go right, pay attention to everything that can go wrong"

  11. #11
    Oh man!! If you told kids that the chair was "Bambi" it'd be all over!!
    Bambi made into a chair!! I shudder at the consequences!

    Not my style or type of fabric but certainly appreciate the work involved.

  12. #12
    That really is worth being proud of.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    Posts
    75
    "YOU DA MAN"Your work is certainly at a level that any woodworker would aspire to obtain. Congrats and many thanks for your detailed postings. Your round table posting was especially helpful to me in understanding your methods of construction and the instruction of them. We all thank you for this, I am sure.
    Last edited by Dino Drosas; 07-12-2007 at 1:33 PM.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Benton City, WA
    Posts
    1,465
    That is awesome craftsmanship. I don't care for the choice in upholstery, but to each his/her own. The woodwork is superb. Hate to see it over shadowed by the faberic.

  15. #15
    That's really wonderful work, John. Very complex and very well executed. The fabric is not something I would choose, but you have to satisfy the client.

    Mike
    Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •