Morris Chair

Quarter-sawn white oak Morris chair with adjustable back

As a midwesterner, I am well aware that quarter sawn white oak has a place of preeminence in the history of furniture making in this area. I have always loved the look of the Morris Chair with its low stance and mass, its quarter sawn figure and leather cushions. I decided I'd make one. I had just enough lumber from an oak that fell in my in-laws' yard three years ago. I had it milled and let it air dry. The chair is made entirely of mortise and tenon construction, with curved arm rests that show off brilliant quarter-sawn figure. Those arms are joined to the chair with large square tenons that stick up through the arms. The back reclines and has five different angles to which it can be adjusted. The finish is a traditional, hand rubbed mission finish.

© 2017 Justin Kauffman