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Inspired by the high backed chair design of renowned turn-of-the-century furniture artist and architect Charles Renee Macintosh is my version of his beautiful Art Nouveau chair. Argyle is made of curly Purpleheart with fused purple Dichroic glass inset panels.

Mr. Macintosh has always been an inspiration to my work. So my take on his chair design, hopefully, pays him the utmost respect.

Constructed with mortise and tenon (my first), the Argyle chair was made from curly purpleheart from two bookmatched 16" wide boards, and of all things, from scrap pieces from another project- an elipse cantilevered coffee table. Best of all, the wood was purchased on sale from Woodworkers Source here in Arizona.

The purple Dichroic glass inset panels were fused in my medium sized glass kiln . I work mostly with Dichroic glass because of its amazing shifting colors.

The finish was five coats of Tung Oil with a final rub down of natural Briwax.

The Art Nouveau style is the essence of flow in design and material. I hope I have captured that feel with Argyle's gentle curves, chatoyant curly purpleheart, and shimmering purple glass.

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Very unique design
 

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Very fine work, like the glass panels and the figure in the wood.
 

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Stunning! Love the colors and materials!
 

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Very different and great looking chair, dont think I have looked at a PH chair nice work.
 

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Very striking. The wood color and grain makes superb eye candy. I am not that familiar with Macintosh's designs but this has nice lines - a mix of arts and crafts with a country flair maybe….glass inserts on a chair is also interesting - I have seen it done on cabinets and chests, but not to often on a chair. I would definitely agree with Jim as this being a unique design and I would also have to say you have done it beautifully.
 

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huuu I´m speachless a pearplehart chair…...............simply beautyfull

thank´s for sharing it

Dennis

Edit sorry forgot to say WELCOME TO L J
 

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That is one frigging nice chair, Matt! Excellent choice of colours and materials. That PH must have been tough to work with all that figure!
Welcome to LJ's from the bottom end of Africa!
 

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Ditto to all the above comments. A wow build.
 

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Beautiful chair. I have a question….what is "Dichroic glass"
 

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Very impressive detail and design. Excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
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I like it! Especially the way the back 'feet' flare out. Nice work.
 

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I've never seen figured purple heart before. Wow, is that beautiful!

Great project, wood design and craftsmanship. Very cool…......
 

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Absolutely beautiful…......... just stunning !!!!

The purpleheart is gorgeous and the fused glass is the icing on the cake!

I LOVE the combination of the wood and glass, great concept.
 

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I am soooo impressed by the combination of this beautiful wood and the exquisite glass work. Getting the Glass to conform to those curves is not easy. Great work!
 

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Beautiful colors… so, exactly where does one find enough curly purpleheart to build a chair this size anyway?
 

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Thanks all for all your great comments! Its much appreciated.

I've entered my chair in the current contest, so if you think it worthy, please vote for it.

Ryno brought up a good question, "where does one find enough curly purpleheart to build a chair this size anyway?" Well, I'm always on the lookout for nice figured wood of significant size for a future project. One day I was at Woodworkers Source (stores in Arizona and online), and the Tucson store was in the middle of renovating their warehouse and each day they had to pull out all their exotic wood to outside while work was done. Well, they had just moved the purpleheart back in when I happened by. And there at the front of the stack was a big, beautiful 16" wide, 7ft long board with big wide ropy curl from top to bottom. And 4 words came out of my mouth- That baby is mine! Oh, did I mention that this was during their bi-annual exotic wood sale and this was on sale for about $5.75/bd-ft?!? But thats not the end of the story… Out of habit, I always check the first few layers of a stack, especially when I see an interesting board. And lo and behold, 3 boards deep, there was its sister- a bookmatched big board. I couldn't believe my eyes. It was incredible.
The boards became the my elipse coffee table and the scraps were used for the chair.

In the next couple days I'm going to post pictures I took during the chairs' construction .

Again, please vote for my chair in the contest if you think it Fluid worthy.
 
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