Woodworker Philip Marshall of Fairbanks, Alaska, has made a Roorkee chair with a vernacular Alaskan twist.
Marshall, whose woodworking company is called Polhavn Woodfabrik, made the Roorkee using the same joinery principles of the 1898 original, which was designed half a world away in Roorkee, India. But instead of turned legs, Marshall used naturally shaped timbers.
I’ve seen a lot of rustic designs while judging woodworking competitions in upstate New York, but this example is quite special because it breaks down and has the leather seat. This makes it look a lot more intimate than the giant Celtic thrones you see in the Adirondacks.
Well done! Check out Marshall’s site for other similarly styled pieces here.
— Christopher Schwarz