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The Chairs/Ottomans shown in the photos have been SOLD, part of a commission to build a living room full of carved Arts & Crafts furniture pieces.

More Photos: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57

For this listing, I'm selling a "commission" for another chair. I have cut out the parts to make another chair and ottoman, and so I am offering it for sale.

I can carve the front board and the side panels to your design ideas. Or, for a discounted amount of $400, I can finish the chair and ottoman without carving the side panels and front board.

This project is a major investment for both us. It has $2000.00 in materials when you include the premium leather upholstered cushions.

Also, this project will take me 100 hours to build, not including the packing/shipment/delivery process. It's a lot of work, but I would love to have more of this type of work in my portfolio, so if you are looking for an investment in a vintage furniture style right now, consider this chair and ottoman. And, since I'm the designer and builder, we could just build a whole ensemble of things to match it.

The delivery of the finished chair will be determined after discussing with me the purchase, so send me a note to find out more. I would roughly expect the wait time to be 3-6 months, as I keep booked up and will need to fit the chair into the other projects people have already commissioned.

Materials & Joinery:
Why does your new furniture always fall apart? Even "high-quality" factory furniture has so much been compromised by inexpensive methods, factory joints, and industrial hot-melt glue to join furniture pieces together, that it is junk. Why do I know that? I get asked to repair a lot of "high-quality" furniture. Generally, I decline to do that, since I'd rather spend my time on better projects.

Also, modern furniture is not often made of real solid wood. AND, when it is made of wood, it is a grainless-blond colored Asian wood. Sure, the advertising says, "Cherry Finish, or "Walnut Finish". Don't believe it, that is hidden-agenda talk for "cheap Asian wood with tinted lacquer finish that has the color of a real wood". And it is not joined with traditional woodworking techniques.

My Morris Chair is built ONLY with Solid, First Select Quartersawn White Oak. Also, since I had originally planned to keep this chair for myself, I've hand picked through a couple thousand board feet of lumber to pick out the highly figured wood for this chair I am proposing to build for you.

Also, the joinery is all through Mortise and Tenon, with wood pegs. There is NOT one "biscuit", "butt joint", "dowel", "loose tenon", nor "pocket screws", nails, nor screws holding this chair together. What that means is a lot of painstakingly cut real-wood, snug fitting joinery. I also glue this chair, but it doesn't really need the glue, as the joinery will hold it together.

OK, OK, I'll get off my soapbox. I was raised by a woodshop-teacher, and master furniture builder, my dad Larry DeCou. We mostly just shake our heads these days at the state of Modern furniture building, and the craft of woodworking in general, most of the craft has been taught from 30 minute TV shows, and magazine articles. The real stuff, by craftsmen is expensive, labor intensive, and few care for that sort of stuff anymore. I don't need many customers a year to fill a schedule up, so I'm always on the lookout for a collector who understands what I understand. Are you that person?

I will provide this chair in whatever type of upholstery covering you want. The cost of the three cushions in premium leather is in the range of $1500, and will be firmed up when you send me a note telling me you are interested, and what type of upholstery you would like to have. The upholstery work will be done by Allen's Upholstery http://www.allensupholstery.net/

If you are close to Kansas, I may be able to deliver the chair to you, take your photo, shake hand, and get to talk a little. I like that sort of thing.

However, if you are a long ways from Kansas, I will need to build a plywood crate, and ship this chair to you by truck freight, fully insured. The shipping pricing shown below is just a representation, and final costs will be worked out with you at the time of shipment.

Project Wood: Quartersawn White Oak
Example Photo Carved Lettering: "Wisdom Is The Tree of Life" and "Acorns Become Mighty Oaks"
Carved Panels: Side Panels are White Oak Leaves and Acorns

Here are some links to Matching Pieces to give you more Ideas of what I can build for you:

> Sectioned Entertainment Center: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/59
> Orchid Stand/Wine Storage: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/31
> Arts & Crafts End Tables: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/44
> Arts & Crafts Coffee Table: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/45
> Arts & Crafts Table Lamps: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/41
> Arts & Crafts Prairie Style Couch: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/37
> Morris Chairs & Ottomans: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57

I could go on and on, so if you have questions, please send me a note and I'll continue with the features. I'm pretty proud of my arts and crafts style work.

If you would like to see more photos, or see more of my furniture work you look at my terribly out of date website at www.decoustudio.com, or go to a more up to date photo journal at http://lumberjocks.com/decoustudio/projects

If you have any question, please send me a note.

Mark DeCou

Built-to-Order, Morris Style Curved Arm Lounge Chair and Ottoman Arts and Crafts Style, Mission, Craftsman, Stickley Inspired


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  • Materials: quartersawn, white, oak, leather, foam
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