Photograph by Toky Photography
Morrison has a plywood template for each of the chair’s pieces. He lays a segment of template on top of a strip of black walnut (or oak or mahogany) and essentially traces along the template with a shaper to give form to the wood.
Once the chair’s 17 parts have been cut out and refined, Morrison assembles them. He files and sands to smooth the wood and ensure that the joints look snug. He then removes each piece, applies glue, and
When the clamps come off, Morrison spends another two-and-a-half days or so sanding (mostly by hand). Next come three coats of a finishing oil that’s low in smelly organic compounds and contains tree resin for a harder finish.
Illustrations by Stephen Campbell