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Metamorphosis Chair

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I call this piece "Metamorphosis Chair."  It was the second project that I completed as part of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship 12-week program.  The whole thing was experimental.  I was trying everything I could think of to make this the most valuable learning project.  It has tapered sliding dovetails, through tenons, tusk tenons, finger joints, domino joints, an undulating band saw box drawer front, secret compartments, cabriole legs (charred and accented with tinted wax).   And if that wasn't enough, the whole thing disassembles and packs flat!  During the construction process, I realized that I wanted to  add color and texture to this already whimsical design.  Soon it took on a life of its own with a distinctly insect-like affect.  Only years later have I taken to calling it the Metamorphosis Chair, testament to the evolving nature of the piece and also of my own transformation as a wood artist.

I call this tall chair/entry table “Metamorphosis Chair.” It was the second project that I completed as part of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship 12-week program. The whole thing was experimental. I was trying everything I could think of to make this the most valuable learning project. I used tapered sliding dovetails, through tenons, tusk tenons, finger joints, domino joints, an undulating band saw box drawer front with a cove-cut (on the table saw) pull, cabriole legs, secret compartments, … And if that wasn’t enough, the whole thing disassembles and packs flat! During the construction process, I decided that I wanted to add color and texture to this already whimsical design. Soon it took on a life of its own with a distinctly insect-like affect. Only years later have I taken to calling it the Metamorphosis Chair, testament to the evolving nature of the piece itself and also of my own transformation as a wood artist.

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