The crafting of a rustic throne! While walking in the park behind my home, I mulled over ideas for a rustic chair. Over the years, I’ve built several live edge wood chairs but wanted something different. After a renewing 7-mile walk and arriving back at my house, I doodled some notes. While I usually build from what I see in my mind, I had a concept I wanted to remember, so I sketched a formal plan design.
After finding the perfect wood slab, the design came to life! I may have a vision, but the wood, as a medium, always dictates the final design. Each build has its own challenges without plans when deciding where and how to cut. My goal is an aesthetically balanced piece using free form slabs and other mediums.
Redwood rustic throne
As always, the wood slab dictates each step. Creating the perfect angles produces a chair that appeals to the eye and molds to the body. Each wood component utilized came from one slab. The meticulous angle-fold enhances the appeal of this rustic throne.
After entertaining several conceptual ideas for the front legs, everything from shaped wood to twisted juniper logs, I settled on the antlers. I’ve found it interesting how many people do not know that mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, moose, and others shed and grow new antlers every year. I only use healthy sheds, evidenced by rounded, convex ends.
The finished product! While this chair is artistic furniture, it is also functional. By using material discarded in nature, Kelly crafted a functional art piece that serves as a practical, but showpiece chair.