Snakes on Chair - Snaker Style Walnut Decorative Hallway Chair

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Project by Woodbridge posted 05-25-2013 11:44 PM 4136 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For some time now I have wanted to try and create a snake chair. Don’t ask me why, its just something I wanted to try to do. Some time ago I tried my hand at carving a snake in preparation for eventually building this snake chair.

The chair is made from walnut. The 56 inch high back features a cobra up the middle, flanked by two rattle snakes. They form the back and the back leg(s) and are joined to the seat with a Maloof style joint. Each was carved separately and then the three pieces were attached and joined to the seat.

A coiled snake rises up each front (legs) morphing into two looping snakes that from the front apron and a coiled snake on each side (that form the side apron).

The chair is really meant as a decorative piece. The back slopes at about 3 degrees and the cobras is set back and high enough so as not to poke you in the back of the head. Similarly the rattlesnakes curve and slope back so they don’t poke you. However since the back is quite narrow it is not comfortable for long term sitting.

The seat is hand shaped out of two inch thick walnut. Whether you have a small curvy Asp or a large plump Asp you will find the seat quite comfortable, but remember to hold on to your Asp in case it gets away and bites you. (Aren’t you lucky the chair is not made from Ash, other wise you would have had to suffer through a few more conry puns.)

The chair is finished with a few coats of Danish oil and a couple of coats of Tung oil.

I have another design for a snake themed chair on the drawing board, but I have not quite resolved some of the details so it will have to wait until later this year.

So until that is worked out I’m switching back to recreating some more Charles Rohlfs furniture. My goal is to recreate a whole Arts and Crafts room of Rohlfs Furniture similar to the period picture of his 1900’s Buffalo New York home.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 12:01 AM

A most unique design and build. Well done.

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 12:04 AM


Eventually I will sit on my ash and the I can look at your asp. :) Do you have a picture of the whole chair? Definitely and art piece. I couldn’t sit on it. You da man! Oh yeah…...WOW! YOUR CARVING CLASSES PAID OFF.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 05-26-2013 12:12 AM

Very interesting design. Nice job. Well done.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 05-26-2013 02:31 AM

The close up on the last picture really shows what a great job you have done … However, the title is misleading! There is nothing “shaker” about this chair! It is waaaay too pretty and elaborate to be shaker. Snaker, yes … Shaker, no. It looks fabulous! Nice job.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#5 posted 05-26-2013 02:42 AM

Thanks for the comments guys.

Doc how is your Ash (bench) coming along?
Kenn—Yes I agree it is Snaker style not Shaker style.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 05-26-2013 02:52 AM

Long story…as always…LOL! Assembling my floor mount drill press by my woosie self…LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 05-26-2013 07:52 AM

Great job. Like the originality of it. Although if I was to sit in it, I would probably keep leaning forward.

-- George Coles,

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#8 posted 05-26-2013 12:08 PM

wow, another great “original” design. Fantastic.
I guess you really get the feeling someone is looking over your shoulder when you sit in this chair.
Very creative carving.

-- CC, King City, Ontario

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#9 posted 05-26-2013 12:31 PM

Beautiful chair and nice work. The design shows a lot of imagination.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 05-26-2013 12:38 PM

A SNAKER chair!!! Clever!! HAAAHAAA grand work & a great unique chair

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#11 posted 05-26-2013 02:04 PM

Thanks once again for the comments.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 05-26-2013 11:38 PM

Great piece of art!

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#13 posted 05-27-2013 12:34 AM

Wow! This is really wild! Great!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 05-28-2013 02:35 AM

Although I would find this a little creepy to contemplate (especially in a darkened room) I do admire your courage (and execution!) in carving here. The cobra’s head is spot on. His stylized brethren are quite wonderful too.
Having just read Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi to my daughter, I’m thinking you might add a psychic safeguard to the piece by carving a small mongoose to sit underneath.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#15 posted 05-29-2013 03:43 AM

Hello Peter
No way could I sit on this work of art .
Fantastic chair and workmanship that I can admire from a distance .

-- Kiefer

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