The Three Stooges

by | Oct 8, 2014 | 11 comments

not bad for a sit downI love a good chair. You really can’t over estimate the need for your own little resting spot; a place to take the weight off, enjoy a good meal, or even detach you from a drab space while you become engrossed in something much more interesting.
A chair should be sturdy and dependable but by no means needs to be complicated.

For me, the simpler the better, and my favourite spot in the workshop is actually my stump, followed closely by a chest.

Building chairs can be very specialist, and whilst most of us would be more than capable of the challenge it can take a great deal of thought, new tools and new skills.

I’ve become intrigued for quite some time with more simple and unusually weird chairs, and have been experimenting, beginning with the three shown here.

There’s a large lack of sophistication or elegance, but I see a charm to each, and a comfort in knowing that all of the work will be familiar, needing only a handful of trusty old tools and working for the most part with square material.
Whether or not the comfort will continue through to the sitting experience is yet to be seen, but I will build a load, then give you the verdict.3 chairs

Moravian Back Stool   |  Sligo Chair  |  Settle Derived Arm Chair

I’ll provide some more details about the chairs on the blog, but in the meantime I have one on the go at the moment and you can take a look over on our Facebook page – just scroll down to a few posts back.

Update: See this post for updates of the Settle Chair build.

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  1. Nathan Wolfenbarger

    Looking forward to the continuation of this, Richard.

    The Back Stool has always been one of my favourite styles of chair.

    Glad you and Helen are doing well, and feeling better. Hope things are going well on the farm.

    -Nathan W

    ps: nice teapot!

    • Richard

      Thanks Nathan, out of all of them the back stool is the one I have the most experience with. It’s one of those designs that just begs to be riven but I’m looking forward to experimenting with some sawn material which should make it more accessible to the average workshop. I’d have to agree, if I had to pick one this would definitely be my favourite.

  2. bob

    im so happy to seee you back, i wondered what happened, but im glad your here, and hope you get a good chair …the stump really is quite natural and after some sitting will develope the curve of your arss, welcome back.

    • Richard

      Thanks for the support Bob, with what I weigh it shouldn’t take too long for that arse shape to form.

  3. Ken

    Yes proper chairs, Settle Derived Arm Chair is the one I would like to make.

    Thanks Richard 😉

    • Richard

      Cheers Ken, the arm chair’s an interesting one, I like that it’s familiar but with just enough weirdoness to make it quirky. It’s a nice simple build as well.

  4. Dan Noall

    I am soooo looking forward to this!

  5. William Fariss

    Glad your back, missed you, BTW, the chest looks interesting. Any thoughts on doing a video series and drawings on that?

    • Richard

      Hi William, it’s a very simple little chest so I don’t see why not. The thing’s been dragged around everywhere with me and still holding up well.

  6. tommy

    As always. Straight Ahead. Love it.

  7. Tommy

    I like this man he is different.


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