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My reproduction of the ‘fully elastic’ armchair

One of my areas of research is the chair maker, Samuel Gragg. In 1808 he patented a bentwood chair that he called: “Elastic.” Although thanks to the patent office being burned down later in the century, it is a fair assumption that his was the first, and certainly the most deserving piece of patented furniture in the new republic.

An exhibition of this work that I created and curated in 2003 “The Incredible Elastic Chairs of Samuel Gragg” can be found here, thanks to the Chipstone Foundation:

http://www.chipstone.org/content.php/17/Exhibition-Archive

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The top half of this cupboard is the oldest known piece of case furniture from Cambridge, Mass. I made the base riffing off of other, slightly later objects in other collections, and extrapolating the details from the top half. The color difference is due to the flash in a dark room.

This is a sculpture I made for an Episcopal church in Delaware. The intention of the rector was for an arresting form to set a tone for those entering the parish hall.  The cross stands seven feet high and is made of mixed materials.  The rocks are held together with epoxy paste. The natural part of the tree was made from resin over a wood form with the bark cast from rubber molds taken from an actual tree and painted. The finished wood is tangentially sawn red oak boards, glued into hollow beams and fitted together into the cross. The church motto was carved in Gothic letters.