"Celtic Vine" Russian Olive, Denver, CO
“This was the first chair to fully use my new design, notice how the arms come off the back with a naturally forked branch. I built it inside my tiny studio apartment in Downtown Denver, where I developed my techniques. Except for a cot to sleep on, I had no furniture, just branches stacked in piles against the walls. The branches were harvested from nearby Russian Olive trees, which are an invasive species in Colorado; I'd walk down the street with an armload of branches and carry them into my apartment. I built over a dozen chairs inside my apartment with all hand tools, nothing that plugged in (I didn't want to disturb my neighbors too much), and that's where I first got the idea of camping out and building. The leather for the back of this chair went through some redesigns until I had the idea of vines that would intersect each other in a Celtic fashion; something about the arcs and curves of Russian Olive branches reminded me of the swoops in Celtic design.”
"I showed this chair at an Art Fair in Downtown Denver a few blocks from where it was built. I was certain about it's sturdiness, so I asked this 370 lb man to sit in it and pose for a picture. It sat and rocked well for him, but it was a little tight!"