How can a chair invite you to rest within its embrace? At its best, a chair, like a room, is a generous vessel to be within. Made of two pillowy, curved masses of rich, dark red Texan Mesquite which are held by two x-frames of Maple, this chair offers to hold you. These two distinctly different woods resonate together in an odd, yet striking, harmony.
Calibrated to the specific, bodily needs of reading while sitting, its relaxed incline is surprisingly comfortable. Its frame articulates a balance of grace and solidity, bending and bracing to resist gravity’s pull with quiet confidence. By both freeing your elbows and cradling your neck, it lulls you into daydreaming. Most of all, this chair expresses holding through its sinuous lines, varied joinery, and distinct stance. It whispers with a smile, “Come, sit here please!”
I value workmanship of risk, a phrase first described by the craftsman David Pye. He defines this idea as "workmanship using any kind of technique or apparatus, in which the quality of the result is not predetermined, but depends on the judgment, dexterity and care which the maker exercises as he works." Throughout the process of building this chair, I regularly tried to practice this manner of making.