Rocky Mountain Juniper Settee

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“I was in Jackson Hole for a big designer's conference and met someone who would become a friend and mentor, Jimmy Covert. He invited me to his home in Cody, WY, and we spent the next few days together, talking in his shop, looking at furniture and pictures, and the highlight: harvesting branches together. I had an idea to build a settee, so he and I spent a day looking in the hills around Cody for branches, both for my project and one he was building. I got several pieces, including ones that would become the front legs and arms of this settee. He encouraged me with some design changes (that I would implement on later pieces, see our Current Work page) and taught me to call this tree by its Native American name: Chesu, the same red color on the inside as we have. I brought these branches back to Colorado and went camping again to get more wood and build this piece. I would also try new upholstery techniques. Unfortunately, there is not a good photo history for this piece.”

I built this much of the settee while camping
I built this much of the settee while camping
Winter snow forced me to complete the top at home
Winter snow forced me to complete the top at home
right arm detail
right arm detail
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Eagle design began with chalk
Eagle design began with chalk
Tooled leather before dye
Tooled leather before dye
The eagle was inspired by a sighting while harvesting
The eagle was inspired by a sighting while harvesting
These talons are carved into the back leather
These talons are carved into the back leather
Hand-stitched snakeskin and antelope hide
Hand-stitched snakeskin and antelope hide
The straps holding the back in place is an innovation in this piece
The straps holding the back in place is an innovation in this piece