The cleft chair is my own design using the fantastically robust and beautiful character of riven oak. It's an example of the reliable nature of a material that can be trusted by its thickness of section to perform as it should. It can be used wider and thinner than sawn timber. The removable back has an abundance of quartered figuring and is held firm with three removable wedges.
Incorporating different timber species in their most appropriate structural positions was a starting point for the Mixed-wood chairs featured below. The West Coast stick-back chairs of Celtic Britain inspired my own versions with more elegance and postural comfort. I like the idea of resourceful discoveries from a hedgerow playing a part along with neatly cut pieces and steam-bent curves .