The second backstool for “The Furniture of Necessity” is going to be significantly different than the first three-legged example from last month.
I’ve slimmed the seat down and replaced its rounded shape with tapers and flat chamfers. Though there is still one curve at the rear that will mimic the crest’s curve.
The seat will be a bit lower than the first example, which was tall enough to sit at a modern dining table. This one is going to be a few inches lower so it will be suited for work by the fireplace, playing guitar or drinking a beer in the living room with friends.
I’m experimenting with the legs. While the first backstool had tapered and shaved round legs, this one is going to have tapered octagons or (maybe) smushed hexagons. I have two sets of legs planed up at this point. The high-gravity hexagons looked good to me at first, but now I think they look a wee bit Klingon.
I’ll cut joinery for both and take some test photos before committing to a shape.
Finally, the crest is going to be a little lower to hit the sitter below the shoulder blades and condense the chair vertically a little more.
And now back to finishing up Peter Galbert’s “Chairmaker’s Notebook.” We will be taking pre-publication orders starting this week. As usual, all pre-publication orders will receive free domestic shipping.
— Christopher Schwarz