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In our third installment about the making of the OneOak throne, designer-maker Robert Ingham talks about his creation.

This chair is a combination of design, construction and expression.  The design addresses the issues of function which is explicit in the word ‘chair’. It has to be able to support the weight and movement of the person who is going to sit in it in comfort.

The OneOak throne chair by Robert Ingham

The OneOak throne chair by Robert Ingham

The construction, which is the challenge of putting together the complex components is achieved with the knowledge of years of experience of craftsmanship, and which draws on the tools and processes of the past and the versatility of the progress that has been made in the last fifty years with the introduction of machines that allow the craftsman to remove material to achieve the forms, shapes and practical junctions between components without taking away the hands on and lateral thinking of the craft.

The expression is the visual factor that encourages the eye to engage with the chair and is the result of the designers’ desire to incorporate forms that have inspired them through the myriad of sensations that they have experienced from nature, architecture, drama, music, in fact all the fantastic sensations that the human mind engages.

Laminating the curved uprights

Laminating the curved uprights using a single part mould to hold the 4mm thick laminations in place with cramps while the glue sets. Epoxy resin is the glue was used as it does not contain water and cures chemically resulting in a very strong and stable bond.

Splines (loose tenons) used to join the horizontal projections

Splines (loose tenons) used to join the horizontal projections that will support the seat and provide a structural link to the upright legs and curved rails.

Shaping the flowing curve

Shaping the flowing curve between the horizontal projections and the curved uprights. Removing the bulk of the waste with a bandsaw.

Finishing the curve with a bobbin sander

Finishing the curve with a bobbin sander.

Gluing the arms to the uprights with cam clamps

Gluing the arms to the uprights with cam clamps.

Without the tools and technology, this chair would have been a nightmare to make.  In fact, I would go as far as to say, impossible to make.  The chair is my manifestation of the open minded attitude that technical progress has made available to the craftsmanship of today.
Robert Ingham, July 2012

Designer-maker Robert Ingham has shared with us more photos of his work in creating the OneOak throne chair.

Machining a component of the OneOak throne chair

Robert Ingham machining a component of the OneOak throne chair

Talking about his work Robert said that it was a “Metamorphosis: the progression of an oak tree from Blenheim Palace to a quarter sawn board to the concept of a design and the incredible challenge to convert it into a functional object of beauty.”

Throne chair - some of the finished components

Throne chair by Robert Ingham- some of the finished components

Read more about Robert Ingham’s work in the OneOak project


Another of Britain’s leading designer makers, Robert Ingham, has started work on a piece of furniture using wood from the OneOak tree.

Robert Ingham studies the model of the OneOak Throne

Robert Ingham studies his model of the OneOak Throne

Robert Ingham, based in Denbighshire, is creating a piece called ‘Throne’.  Like all the OneOak pieces, we will be following the story of its creation over the next few months on this blog. Robert will be joining us at our OneOak exhibition at Art in Action in July (read more).

A major milestone was reached in the OneOak project yesterday. The timber was removed from the drying kiln at Deep in Wood sawmill, and the Makers came to collect their boards.

OneOak Makers - November 2011

Some of the OneOak Makers gathered in the timber shop at Deep in Wood

Makers present included Philip Koomen, Derek Elliot, Robert Ingham, Philip Clayden, Simon Clements, Martin Damen, Terry Hardaker, Pathway Workshop, and students from Rycotewood Furniture Centre (Oxford & Cherwell Valley College) led by Chris Hyde and Joseph Bray.

These makers will be working mostly with the main sawn boards from the OneOak tree, and their products will join those already made by other makers from its branchwood and waste products. All Makers will now get underway in making a myriad of wooden objects from the OneOak tree’s timber, in readiness for our major exhibitions from Summer 2012.

Our huge thanks to James Binning and team at Deep in Wood for hosting the event and for their generous support of the  OneOak project over the last two years.



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