The thrill and challenge of taking a log from a freshly cut tree and transforming it into a finished chair, with only the aid of hand and foot powered tools is immensely satisfying.
The construction techniques I use are those used by artisan chair makers prior to the industrial revolution. I admire their utilization of the natural properties of wood and the few simple tools used to construct the light flexible yet strong chairs that could withstand daily use on often uneven floors.
Splitting a log open reveals its hidden history of growth and grain pattern development. An open mind is required at this point in the process as these formations can often determine the type or style of chair it is best suited to. Practice has developed my skills of reading the outer signs that indicate what secrets may be within.
I consider my works as pieces of sculpture but as they take the form of chairs they are constructed to perform all the daily tasks required of them.