Gamble House Living Room Arm Chair

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Project by Matthew Morris posted 01-06-2015 03:45 AM 2247 views 12 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Gamble House Living Room Arm Chair is unique in its design; incorporating many of the aspects found in other Greene & Greene chairs from its cloud lift headrest and rails, to its carved arms. While adding some unique elements not found in other chairs, side panels, split center back slat joined by ebony bars and carved cloud lifts in each rail.

I’ve posted the entire build on my YouTube channel:

In over 13-hours of step-by-step video instruction you’ll learn:

• Angled mortise and tenon joinery
• A combination of power and hand carving the crest rail
• Angled through mortise and tenon joint for the stretcher
• Making ebony plugs
• Recess carving in the arms, aprons and rails
• Bent Lamination
• Inlaying silver into center back slats ebony bars
• How to upholster the seat
• And more!

-- Matthew Morris, MM Wood Studio, Southern CA,

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#1 posted 01-06-2015 06:00 AM

This is beautiful, love the attention to detail and the unique proportions.

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 03:21 PM

Beautiful work with great details—especially the carved cloud lifts and ebony bars on split back.

P.S. For more information, check out Matthew’s website on this project:

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 08:37 PM

Great job. I have been in love with the Gamble House design scheme since I wrote a term paper about it in college.

Thanks for bringing back good memories.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 08:49 PM

looks great

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 10:13 PM

beautiful chair. I had the opportunity to visit the Gamble house in early 2014. I’m looking forward to watching your videos.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 01:40 AM

Absolutely beautiful chair! You’ve inspired me to get down to the Gamble house—or at least to get out my copy of Back to the Future….......!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 03:58 PM

Thank you everyone for the nice comments. HillbillyShooter – thank you for the shout out and putting in the link.

-- Matthew Morris, MM Wood Studio, Southern CA,

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