Recreating Rohlfs - Tall Back Chair - Part 5

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Blog entry by Woodbridge posted 08-18-2012 12:47 AM 6121 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has taken a while but I have finally got the carving of the tall back chair almost completed.

I honestly can’t imagine how Rohlfs came up with this carving design. I don’t even know how to describe it, however his Tall Back Chair is my favorite.

Here are some pictures of the back roughed out

and the front and back views with the carving completed.

My carving skills are rudimentary and my result does not have the fine and crisp detail of Rohlfs chair, but I’ll keep working on that. None the less I am happy with the outcome and I am looking forward to completing this chair.

There a number of spots where the grain tore out and I have patched those spots

with some epoxy and sawdust (the darker shiny spots on the photo).

I still need to spend some time tomorrow cleaning up the carving, removing some of the carving marks, touching it up here and there and sanding. Then on to assembly and upholstering the seat.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 01:03 AM

Amazing Piece. Better and better! :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-18-2012 01:08 AM

Thanks Doc.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 08-18-2012 02:54 AM

wow, that’s a lot of carving, coming together so nicely, a true piece of art and craft.
Right in the middle of the carved back, there looks like a cool looking dude with sunglasses on. Do you see it?


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#4 posted 08-18-2012 03:44 AM

Hi Mark, Ya, I do now. Perhaps a handbar-ish moustache as well.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 08-18-2012 03:56 AM

Outstanding piece… have great skills. This is an inspirational blog…thank you

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#6 posted 08-18-2012 05:45 PM

Wow, that is amazing.

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#7 posted 08-18-2012 06:20 PM

Great work and so cool of you to do a blog on it.


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#8 posted 04-25-2013 12:19 PM


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