THE CHIEF: my first (regular-size) abstract chair

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Project by NíccoloJosé posted 11-15-2011 07:09 AM 3308 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Chief
57×33 x 26 (inches)
Philippines Mahogany, Kamagong, Yellow Narra, Red Narra, Giant Ipil, Molave, Dungon (ALL REPURPOSED WOOD)

I wanted to make a chair that is untraditional and abstract. I didn’t want something that just stood straight, I wanted it to flow, to feel and to command attention from different angles. To improve my skills, I approach this project by combining woodcarving, wood bending, a good solid piece of wood, and I also wanted to make it with NO NAIL OR METAL FASTENERS.

I kept the live shape of the mahogany as the seat to give it some emphasis. I use the solid mahogany and inserted the legs from the sides and locked it with multiple dowels. To give it a royal look, I made 5 legs instead of 4, which makes viewer admire the back as much as the front. I added a foot rest and braced the 5th leg to it with an S-shape lamination of colorful wood pieces—added softness

Kamagong is like ebony wood that has a purple and black cloud-type of grain. The one I recycled was hard but had some cracks. After laminating different kinds of wood, I laminated the dark Kamagong last to add variety. I incorporate the crack as a design and carve them out to prevent future cracking—gave it a primitive look.

Carving bent-lamination of different kinds of wood is tricky. It took a while but I got the hang of after countless hours. The back fits perfectly to the shoulder blades and the spine of the person. When you sit on it, the chair hugs you, forces your body to slouch and let loose. I even added a butt-catcher on the seat for additional comfort.

I did some pyrography and signed my name underneath and dated it like a regular art pieces, then sent it to an art gallery in Manila. Overall, I am very happy with this first chair and I’m sure the new owner is too—he walks in, sat on it for a few seconds, paid in cash, carried it to his car like he was in a hurry.

-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist,

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 07:59 AM

A unique and creative build for sure. nice work.


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#2 posted 11-15-2011 09:15 AM

Another unique piece Nico. Very nice indeed.

-- Dave -

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#3 posted 11-15-2011 10:48 AM

What a great chair, love the lines. Great choice of woods, a real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 11-15-2011 01:36 PM

Nico, This is a delightful, thought out and well executed chair. Your description uncovers the layers of thought the are behind it from beginning to end. Nice work.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 11-15-2011 02:51 PM

Cool!! Very different. I love it!!

-- WrenchsWoodworks

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#6 posted 11-15-2011 07:18 PM

Wow, Now lets see that in a Rocking Chair. This is cool.


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#7 posted 11-15-2011 11:26 PM

Very nice! I really like the detached seat edge, sweet touch.

-- Dave

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#8 posted 11-16-2011 03:05 AM

Very distinctive, and complex, yet flowing. The detached front, and the fifth left, are great. Well done.

-- --bch

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#9 posted 11-16-2011 04:53 AM

You have a wonderful sense of style and design. I love your chair. It really is a piece of art. The more you look at it you notice the different features like the way the two back legs join the seat and the asyemtry of the front of the seat. You are a talented artist and craftsman. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 11-16-2011 05:27 AM

Awesome, I LOVE your work!

-- Buzz ---- Of all the things I have ever lost, I miss my mind the most.

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#11 posted 11-16-2011 06:02 AM

Incredibly awsome.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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