This rocking chair is part of a series of scorched oak pieces, dating from 2013, designed by James Ryan. The chair is made from Hampshire oak, carefully seasoned in on our drying sheds. All the chair’s components are worked by hand into rounded shapes that are soft to the touch. The blackened finish is important, visually, because it unifies the components. The finish is achieved by first scorching and then wire brushing the surface of the wood. Finally, a solution of vinegar and iron oxide is applied to react with the tannins in the oak and turn the chair a deep black. The chair is 65 wide, 109 deep and 108 high (cm).
James Ryan says, ‘Over many years I have refined the design of our wooden chairs to arrive at a back-shape which for most people offers comfortable support. The double curvature of the back bar arrangement supports the sitter. Comfort is key with this rocking chair. It is designed for tranquil repose. The sculpted arms of the rocker are inviting to the touch. With its graceful curves and precision joinery the chair is made for relaxation.’
Paulo de Vasconcelos made the chair. The Barnsley Workshop stamp, date, maker’s mark and edition number can be found on the inside edge of one of the rockers. This rocking chair is the second of a limited edition of eight.