Green woodworking at its best
Established in 2015, Rustic Ash Chairs is based in South Oxfordshire and prides itself on creating bespoke, stylish and comfortable chairs. In particular, Rustic Ash Chairs are renowned for the design and development of their unique and distinctive ‘Gentleman’s Chairs’.
Using only traditional green woodworking chair-making techniques, each chair is hand-made by the skilled craftsman and green woodworker, Mark Griffin, to bring traditional and contemporary designs into your home. The natural, uneven figure in the grain and the use of knotted wood adds aesthetic features to individual chairs. 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.
What is green woodworking?
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.