Carbondale, CO

gambel oak

There were two weeks until the big show. I had spent the summer camping and building all over the Western US and had several chairs to show, but I wanted one more, built with trees I had been seeing a lot: Gambel Oak, or as it's known, scrub oak.

 

This chair was to be my show piece; it would be displayed on a podium alongside artwork by the very top Western artists from around the country.

 

I was in for another camping trip.

Gambel Oak, or scrub oak
Gambel Oak, or scrub oak
Tangle of oak
Tangle of oak
Oak leaves
Oak leaves
Campsite and workstation
Campsite and workstation
Getting started
Getting started
Bottom of the back
Bottom of the back
Arms attached
Arms attached
Side view, angles are important
Side view, angles are important
Back complete, seat attached
Back complete, seat attached
Angle of back, height of arms, and curve of back leg are key
Angle of back, height of arms, and curve of back leg are key
Left arm took a long time to find
Left arm took a long time to find
Right arm detail
Right arm detail
Completed frame
Completed frame
Left arm detail
Left arm detail
Side view
Side view
Pre-made laminated runners, balance must be perfect
Pre-made laminated runners, balance must be perfect
Tracing oak leaves for leather-work
Tracing oak leaves for leather-work
Starting to dye the tooled leather
Starting to dye the tooled leather
Leather upholstery with foam padding
Leather upholstery with foam padding
On a pedestal at the show
On a pedestal at the show