Rustic Ash Chairs

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*Mark Griffin and Rustic Ash Chairs feature in the Small Woodland Owners' Group (SWOG) May 2017 edition newsletter!​​*
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Rustic Ash Chairs
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Green woodworking at its best

Rustic Ash Chairs is based in Oxfordshire and prides itself on creating bespoke strong, functional and comfortable chairs. Each chair is hand-made by a skilled craftsman and seated using Danish cord, paper rush, sisal or bark in a traditional woven pattern. The natural uneven figure in the grain and the use of knotted wood adds particular artistic and unique features to individual chairs. The chairs are designed with spindle, lath or ladder backs and can be made in a range of sizes from small children's up to extra-large adult.
 
Chairs in the Gallery section are available for purchase.
What is Green Woodworking?
froe and maul on ash wood cleaving break
According to Wikipedia, green woodworking is "​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​carpentry that works unseasoned or 'green' timber into finished items" but to  me  green woodworking is much more than that. Green woodworking is the collective name for a wide range of traditional crafts that work in harmony with the wood using its innate  flexibility and strength. These properties allow artisans to create bespoke furniture, utensils, bowls, and other household items with the minimum use of power tools.  
 
Unseasoned wood is easily worked using a range of sharp edged tools. Working with wood before it has dried is much gentler on the tooling and requires less physical effort. It is simpler to remove the bulk of the material at this stage and then carry out final shaping and finishing once the wood is drier. 
Why Ash?
a row of ash trees latin name fraxinus excelsior
Ash (Fraxinus Excelsior) is a traditional British hardwood. Its properties of flexibility, lightness and strength (especially when working with the natural grain) have been harnessed for centuries. It is traditionally used for wheel spokes, tool handles and furniture making. Ash can be steam-bent to form and enhance natural curves  to improve the ergonomics of chairs, making them both practical and comfortable. Ash is a pale coloured wood that ages to a beautiful and natural mellow honey colour but it can easily be coloured with stain, if required. This adaptability makes it the wood of choice for these hand-crafted chairs.
From Tree to Chair
pile of ash wood logs at rustic ash chairs workshop
Rustic Ash Chairs transform trees into chairs using traditional methods, techniques and tools. The emphasis is to create beautiful and functional chairs whilst retaining and preserving the old woodland bodger's skills. The process of transforming trees to finished chairs is done with the smallest Carbon footprint possible. Timber is locally sourced from managed deciduous woodlands within a 5 mile radius of the workshop and hand tools are used to create each chair.