Ladder-back Chairs + Rockers
LADDER-BACK CHAIRS + ROCKERS
Simplicity, elegance and durability: the hallmarks of Shaker tradition, now improved with steam-bent rear legs. Designed by master chair-architect and craftsman Brian Boggs and built at the Doxa Shoppe.
Thick Kentucky hickory bark is stripped in the Spring by hand. This seat has a coat of boiled linseed oil on it. Bark will last 50+ years, a very durable seating material which is underutilized today. The thicker bark is not the easiest to weave...about 2-3 hours start to finish.
Wood workers love natural-colored wood and lobby hard against staining. The reason? It is simply impossible to imitate all the natural, God-given color variation. These myriad subtle differences add visual interest to the piece. Staining just covers all the subtle tones and unique color variations inherent in timbers such as walnut.
Pictured below - Ladder-back chair set in black walnut with Shaker trestle table in book-matched quarter-sawn walnut. Note how you can use different woods to complement each other instead of competing with each other. Here black walnut complements the hickory floor. You can use the white bright color of lacquered maple to do the same thing in a dark dining room with, say, a Brazilian cherry floor.
We added a rocker or two. A six-slat Boggs' rocker in curly red oak.
Upcoming chairs--we make most of our chairs from individual logs for the best color and grain consistency, except for paint-grade chairs. Log ends are sealed to minimize checking.
- Northern red oak--nice clear stock, some curl, outstanding quarter-sawn material.
- Clear, creamy sugar maple--super sweet. Hard and heavy. See pics.
- Bur oak (in the White Oak family). A monster 20ft long log with lots of straight grain and nice color. See pics below.
- Black ash
- Cherry--some of the best cherry comes from southern MN and western WI.
- Black walnut--top grade, ultra clear.
- Wonderfully clear, soft and subtle paper birch (far superior to soft maple in grain and clarity)
- Paint-grade paper birch.