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.

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Serious, open crack in the end grain of a turned cherry bowl. After the damage, the bowl stood for some years, as environmental fluctuations caused the crack to slowly open. At this point serious force was necessary to close the crack. Furthermore, it had to be applied evenly so the bowl was not distorted and …

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