Although other wood is available upon request, David prefers working with birch as it is locally available and lends itself well to the traditional art of chair-making. David selects the trees with a specific piece in mind. Thus, “every chair has a story.”
Wood is obtained from logs by splitting (riving) rather than sawing. This allows pieces to be thinner and lighter while still maintaining their strength and integrity since the grain runs the full length of the piece. The wood is used in its natural “green” state. This means it hasn’t been processed at a mill or run through a kiln to dry it.
Once all the pieces are ready, dry tenons are put into wet mortices. This method exploits the natural shrinking properties of wood. When a dry tenon is inserted into a wet (still green) mortice, the mortice will dry and shrink fit around the tenon for a remarkably strong joint. A tapered tenon is used where the legs join into a solid wood seat which means that use actually tightens the connection.
Seats are hand-woven by David from fibre rush, shaker tape or cane.
Solid wood seats are carved using hand-tools.
A variety of finishes are available.