This arm-less modern chair is the twin of my Mahogany Chair. A light, practical chair, it was very much inspired by the design of Hans Wegner.
Probably the most difficult part of this chair to make is the sculpted joint that connects the back legs to the top. It’s worth the work though: that curvy yummy part is definitely my favorite element.
The curvy back rest is “coopered” – which means it is a number of thick wooden pieces whose edges are mitered and then glued to create a wide curve the way coopers used to make barrels. The “racing stripe” effect comes from coopering two sapwood edges so that it looks as though the sapwood – which is white – grew straight up through the center of the tree, and not only along the outside.
In this close-up, you can see how the cross-pieces under the seat fit into the structure. The circles are dowels that increase the strength of the joints. The leg joints are drawbored mortise-and-tenons: surely the most bombproof joint in the arsenal.