Shangrila Klismos Style Mesquite Greek Chair

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Project by scott shangraw posted 10-18-2009 12:03 AM 6273 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a new style of chair that I did for a customer. Since he is Greek he was wanting a Klismos style chair, but with my own flair. He bought four of my low back chairs and wanted some of those features implemented into this greek chair. The Klismos chair came about when the Greeks in ancient times (around 6th century) wanted a comfortable chair to sit and relax in. This style became popular again in the early 1900’s by an architect. My version features the same seat joints that I do in my other chairs, along with a carved seat and the handshaping. The legs splay outwards and the back leg is shaped into the back rest, along with a 1/4” bead that runs along the top of the back rest. This was a popular chair at the mesquite show, since it was so different.

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#1 posted 10-18-2009 12:09 AM

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#2 posted 10-18-2009 12:44 AM

Love the back leg curves and the joint to the back rest.

-- Zipsss

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#3 posted 10-18-2009 12:44 AM

Scott, great looking. How was the stress on the legs without any supporting cross members.

-- Ed E. " Taking one board at a time "

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#4 posted 10-18-2009 12:46 AM

Beautiful and creative work! I have always liked designs and creations that are not someones duplication of past designs of store bought furniture..

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#5 posted 10-18-2009 12:50 AM

Good ? Ed .That was one of my concerns with this design the orginal Klismos have an even greater flair to the legs and they seemed to have held up for years.When I layed out the legs I tried to have the grain running allong the same curves and the mesquite is pretty tuff.I stress tested it with my petite frame LOL !!!!The only other thing is in the future I may actually laminate bend the legs for strength.We will see with the test of time!!!I stand behind my chairs for my lifetime.

-- Scott NM,

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#6 posted 10-18-2009 01:32 AM

I really the flowing lines in this chair !

Great work!!

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#7 posted 10-18-2009 01:42 AM

Very nice design & craftsmanship.

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#8 posted 10-18-2009 01:49 AM

as always i am totally impressed .

i love the mesquite , i’ll have try and find some

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#9 posted 10-18-2009 02:16 AM

Sweet Chair, Scott. Crisp & Clean.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 10-18-2009 04:15 AM

your work is always so unique…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 10-18-2009 06:11 AM


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#12 posted 10-18-2009 06:42 AM

Very nice! I love those curvy legs!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 10-18-2009 01:46 PM

Very nice, I like the joint to the back rest very unusual. Very fine craftsmanship.

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#14 posted 10-19-2009 12:11 AM

Very nice Scott. I’m always impressed with your work and designs!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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