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The Autodidact’s Chair part nine

Autodidact's Chair- side detail.

Autodidact’s Chair- side detail.

Monday morning wake up call-

the last installment of the autodidact chair series.

The finish is well, finished, the leather is attached and I’m sitting on it right now typing this!

It’s an extremely comfortable chair, nestles you in almost like a hammock. The weave is strong enough to support some of my largest friends, yet  pliable enough to conform to your spine giving support all the way along. I’m happy with the project and will develop the design aesthetically for a less-modern/urban feel. ( I’m still not a fan of staining wood-; )

There really wasn’t that much material involved and maybe a week to put together in total and much of that was glue and finish drying. I’m going to make another and will experiment more with these initial ideas. Until then- enjoy the process.



PS. The music in the video is a tune called ‘mermaids’ I wrote and recorded with fiddler, Ashley MacIsaac.

You can purchase this track on iTunes here.



  1. Posted by Paul MacEachern on Jan 14th, 2013

    This has been a very inspirational build. Thanks. I enjoyed the trip!

  2. Posted by David Gendron on Jan 14th, 2013

    Inspirational indeed! The end result is, well, stunning!
    Thank you for taking the time!

  3. Posted by stephen melhuish on Jan 14th, 2013

    Upon the saddle the rider leaves his marks of motion far and wide
    At first a darkening in those strides
    and then it mellows like ocean tides
    his life was lived yet seldom written
    the cutter of those leather hides
    when gone to time and long forgotten
    he leaves behind a polished bottom!

    The leather seat Tom…well it’s a joy

  4. Posted by Jose Santiago on Jan 14th, 2013

    Awesome! Cheered me up on this wet and cold Monday in Cajun Country. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait for the new book.

  5. Posted by Bernie on Jan 14th, 2013

    Thanks for taking the time to document your journey from start to finish.
    Great looking chair with a fantastic soundtrack!

  6. Posted by Stephen on Jan 15th, 2013

    It turned out to be a great chair. It reminds me of a high end craftsman made Ikea Poang. I don’t mean that as an insult either. I have always like the design of that chair. I find your designs a great blend of craftsman work with modern flair. They are always an inspiration.

  7. Posted by tom on Jan 15th, 2013

    Thanks for the comments folks!
    This was a fun project and series to put together.
    watch for a new project series coming soon-


  8. Posted by runningwood on Jan 15th, 2013

    Tom, nicely done. I really enjoyed the videos.
    How is the seating portion attached to the base ?

  9. Posted by tom on Jan 15th, 2013

    thanks for the comment and question running wood- for now it’s attached with four wood screws up through the curved stretcher at the top of the frame-they’re fine but not permanent. I’ll update on it when I find another suitable solution. I was going to use leather straps but decided against it. I may re-visit that option or simply use a threaded insert and a bolt. maybe brass hardware to match the furniture tacks…

  10. Posted by David Handley on Jan 15th, 2013

    Great looking piece of furniture.
    And I thought I only liked traditional designs.
    I have really enjoyed all the film clips and the music.
    When is the new book available?
    Must put my name down for a signed copy.
    Thanks again for being such an inspiration.

  11. Posted by JJ on Jan 15th, 2013

    When I was a kid, one of my friends house had a living room outfitted chairs like this:

    I know the tacks can and will to hold up to the task, but it still makes me a bit nervous.

    Great project Tom, I am looking forward to the next one

  12. Posted by John Hippe on Jan 15th, 2013

    Thanks for the series Tom! This has been a great series. I am looking forward to hearing about the less “modern/urban” chair.

  13. Posted by Chris P. on Jan 17th, 2013

    Wow, thanks for these videos, the manner and style in which you work is pretty inspiring to say the least. How did you come up with the actual curvature of the scooped seat? was there any science behind it or was it just trial and error until you found an angle that worked? Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work!

    P.S. Your book was what pretty much hurled me into hand tool work, so thank you for that and I can’t wait for the next one, I’ll be standing in line behind David Handley for one haha.

  14. Posted by Tim Dahn on Jan 18th, 2013

    I can’t add to the previous comments but well done! I would really love to see a pic of you in the chair to get a better sense of how it sits.

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